Antique 17th Century Spanish Cuenca Carpet 47370
Woven during the height of Spain’s carpet-weaving era, this 17th century Cuenca carpet displays an elegant tiled repeating pattern rendered in soft mineral tones.
17th Century Spanish Cuenca Carpet, Country Of Origin: Spain, Circa Date: 17th Century – This splendid 17th century Spanish Carpet from the influential textile-producing city of Cuenca displays a marvelous convergence of European and Eastern design traditions that are remarkably old. In the typical style of the era, this magnificent Spanish carpet displays a simplified tiled repeating pattern executed in a low-contrast color palette comprised of earthy ochres, mineral greens and elegant sapphire blues that are balanced by ivory accents. The traditional Cuenca-style borders display a pattern of reciprocating vinescrolls tied together in fleur-de-lis fashion and laden with botanical flourishes and spiraling tendrils. Within the elegant gilt-tone field, geometric diamonds, turtle-like figures and semicircular leaflets form architectural tiles that are reminiscent of Persian Herati motifs but have lost their characteristic appearance and gained an air of European formality unique to 17th century Spain.