Antique Israeli Bezalel Art School Rug, Origin: The Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem Israel, Circa: Early 20th Century (around the 1910’s) – Here is a truly appealing and intriguing antique Oriental rug – an antique Bezalel rug, originally woven at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem in what was known back then as Palestine and during the Ottoman mandate at the turn of the twentieth century (the country was formally proclaimed at the state of Israel in 1947 and established in 1948). Bezalel rugs generally present established rug designs from various cultures, but with a distinctive Jewish or Israeli twist, and this is no exception. The border is full of surprises. The stars within the octagon are Stars of David, and the extra panels or elems at the top and the bottom contain more of these stars alternating horizontally with menorahs. The border also contains an inscription: “Bezalel, Jerusalem.” A beautiful example of a culturally and aesthetically significant Oriental antique rug style, this antique Bezalel rug from Jerusalem in Israel, is a truly one-of-a-kind piece. An impressive composition and masterful weaving set it apart from its peers.