Antique Bezalel Rug, Origin: Jerusalem Israel, Circa: First Quarter of the 20th Century (around 1920) – Here is an alluring and beautifully woven antique Oriental rug – an antique Israeli Bezalel rug, woven in Jerusalem which is located in what would become the State of Israel, during the first decades of the twentieth century. Antique Bezalel rugs and carpets represent an important antique Oriental rug style, as it is among the very few such styles that are distinctly Jewish. The Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem was founded with the express purpose of producing distinctly Jewish works of art, and cultivating Jewish artistic traditions. This particular example is beautifully woven and features an expertly rendered composition, characterized by an intriguing palate of soft, almost pastel hues. This unique carpet features traditional vine scroll and vegetal detail elements throughout, as well as fascinating depictions of animal figures in the field. A central medallion gives the entire carpet a sense of classical design. Precisely woven and characterized by an especially appealing composition, this antique Israeli Bezalel rug is an excellent example.