Decorating With Bezalel Carpets From the Jerusalem Art School

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Bezalel carpets are among the most beautiful and sought after of all antique carpet styles. Bezalel carpets have been woven in modern-day Israel since the early years of the twentieth century, and the story behind what makes Bezalel rugs so special is fascinating – and even unique. Prior to the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948, the Palestinian Mandate was governed by the British Empire.

It was here that the Bezalel Academy was established. The Bezalel Academy was founded as an art school for Jewish immigrants who were living in the Palestinian Mandate.

The Academy and its workshop in Jerusalem were intended to provide an artistic outlet for Jewish artists, and to encourage them to fuse their European traditions with those of their Oriental homeland. As a result, the weavers at the Bezalel Academy would craft a new aesthetic, creating a brand new style of Oriental carpets in the process.

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Decorating with Bezalel Carpets – Interiors by Lori Morris

The Bezalel style, with its blending of tradition and modernity, remains among the most admired of all Oriental rug styles. And while there is no single rule that underpins the Bezalel style, there are certain qualities and characteristics that occur more frequently. For instance, Bezalel rugs woven in Israel will often feature religious elements, as well as artistic depictions of the Holy Land.

This beautiful interior, designed by Lori Morris, beautifully utilizes a stunning Bezalel in a modern setting. Decorating with Bezalel rugs offers up an exciting array of opportunities, as well as a unique set of challenges.

Perhaps the most accommodating aspect of the Bezalel style is its nature as both an Eastern and Western inspired style. Bezalel rugs from Israel offer collectors and admirers of antique Oriental rugs an opportunity to own something not only beautiful, but culturally significant.

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Antique Bezalel rugs – Decorating your home with antique Bezalel rugs is a unique experience, mostly because Bezalel rugs themselves are unique.

Indeed, the history of antique Bezalel rugs and carpets is among the most interesting of histories of fine rug styles. The story begins during the early years of the twentieth century, in what was, at that time, the Palestinian Mandate.

The Mandate, which was governed as part of the British Empire, consisted of the territory that was destined to become the modern State of Israel. The two most important figures to feature in the story of the emergence of the Bezalel style of rug-making are Boris Schatz and Zionist pioneer Theodore Herzl, who founded the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem.

The academy was founded as an art school for Jewish immigrants living in the Palestinian Mandate: the academy and its workshop in Jerusalem were intended to provide an artistic outlet for Jewish artists, and to encourage them to fuse their European traditions with those of their Oriental homeland.

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Interior Decorating With Antique Bezalel Rugs

The distinct Bezalel style of rug making that resulted from this fusion of cultures remains among the most beautiful and the most collectible of all Oriental rug styles.

Bezalel rugs woven in Israel often feature religious elements, as well as artistic depictions of the Holy Land. Because of their unique genesis, the antique Bezalel rugs are certainly among the most distinct and most interesting rugs available.

Decorating with antique Bezalel rugs offers up an exciting array of opportunities, as well as a unique set of challenges. Perhaps the most accommodating aspect of the Bezalel style is its nature as both an Eastern and Western inspired style.

This coming-together of what would otherwise potentially be disparate design elements creates what is instead a harmonious and versatile style that can bring unparalleled beauty into any home.

Israeli Bezalel Rugs from Jerusalem History and Culture

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Israeli Bezalel Rugs – There is just so much to learn about antique oriental rugs! We have spent years studying. Every time we start with a type of rug, it leads us through history and politics.

One time we started with Bezalel rugs, which have been produced in Israel since the late 19th, early 20th century. This production grew out of a school in Israel by the same name.

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The history of Jewish rugs and weavers goes back to the beginning of their religion. And because of their forced exodus into the world they have given and taken from many cultures. But this true of the rug industry in general, weavers have been part of cultures that have conquered and been conquered; many have been nomadic cultures.

Maybe that is what is one the of elements that make all antique rugs so interesting; the craftsman can accept and use the designs, and techniques of others, adapting them to their own rug production.

Have you ever wondered why so many antique rugs are asymmetrical? It has a religious origin; both Judaism and Islam believe that only what god produces can be perfect.

This Article about Bezalel Carpets was Published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs