Antique Oversized Israeli Bezalel Carpet 48245
Featuring a clever and beautifully executed pattern of overlapping shapes, this Bezalel rug, rich with Judaica symbols, is an intriguing piece. Its soft pallet and monumental size underscores its uniqueness.
Antique Oversized Israeli Bezalel Carpet, Origin: Israel, Circa: First Quarter of the Twentieth Century – Here is a magnificent antique Oriental rug – an antique Bezalel carpet that was woven in Israel during the early decades of the twentieth century. Featuring a clever and beautifully executed pattern of overlapping shapes, this Bezalel rug, rich with Judaica symbols, is an intriguing piece. Its soft palate and monumental size underscores its uniqueness. Framed by a relatively narrow border of a soft and beautifully faded shade of red and decorated with small floral details, the field of this carpet is certainly its dominant element. From corner to corner, the repeating pattern of medallion figures gives the carpet a rich impression of strength and solidity. The soft colors utilized throughout complement one another while also creating energy through subtle shifts in contrast. Woven into the medallion shapes of the field are various Judaica design elements and symbols, from depictions of the Torah, to Menorahs, to depictions of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, making this carpet an especially rich Jewish artwork. Measuring nearly 16 by 18 feet, this Bezalel carpet is one of the largest examples known to exist anywhere in the world. An exceptionally rich and beautiful carpet, this antique Bezalel rug from Jerusalem in Israel is a stunning and truly peerless example.
This is an extremely rare piece for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Bezalel rugs from the early 20th century are few and far between. There weren’t many made as the course for rug weaving and design was not offered / open to a large number of students. Secondly, this is by far the largest one we have come across (almost all the pieces are smaller than 9 x 12). In and of themselves, Bezel rugs are quite collectible as there are very few textile options for high end Judaica collectors.