Antique 16th Century Alcaraz Oriental Rug 3288
This splendid antique Alcaraz carpet has staggered palmettes and acanthus vines in deep sage green spreading majestically across a rich butterscotch ground.
Antique Alcaraz, Country of Origin: Spain, Circa Date: Second half of the 16th Century – A grand pattern of staggered palmettes and acanthus vines in deep sage green spreads majestically across the rich butterscotch ground of splendid Alcaraz. After 1500 the carpet workshops of Spain turned away from their Oriental origins and developed a new European ornamental vocabulary of medieval and classical derivation, which this rug so beautifully exemplifies. The dynamic leafy S-scrolls of the border with their dragon heads provide a contrast to the expansive palmettes of the field, while still utilizing the same contrasting green and butterscotch tones.