Antique Spanish Carpet, Iberian Peninsula, Late Nineteenth Century – Here is a beautifully woven and exciting antique carpet – a late nineteenth century piece, woven in Spain in the height of the Spanish style that was so influential at that time. Boasting classical elements of design, this European carpet is certainly taking a leaf out of the book of its antique Oriental neighbors. An oval cameo medallion surrounded by a wreath of leafy branches floats airily within a rich gold open field on this extraordinary antique. A surrounding array of leafy rococo scrolls on a paler yellow ground comprises a system of corner-pieces, framed dramatically by a narrow border of garlands on a jet-black ground. The entire composition is further enclosed by cocoa outer zone, with floral corner crests set against the border. Much of the palette is in soft pastel tones, but it is the brilliant use of the saturated gold and black tones that makes this piece so uniquely effective as a decorative carpet. Beautifully woven, this antique Spanish carpet is an alluring and exciting composition.