Articles About European Rugs

Comprehensive Resource Guide About European Rugs and Carpets

Search Our Entire Collection of Antique and Vintage Rugs

Guide to European Rugs and Carpets by Nazmiyal:

European Rugs – Despite a history that is not as ancient as that of the antique rug weaving tradition, European rugs and carpets represent a unique development in the world of fine weaving.

European Rugs Fit for Royalty

European rugs are revered for their progressive, pioneering decorations and natural sense of style. These luxurious and occasionally modern creations represent the pinnacle of elegance. Like the intentionally distinctive cultures of Europe’s great countries, European rugs represent a comprehensive selection of style and traditions. On the edge of Europe’s eastern frontier, Romanian weavers produced splendid floral carpets with lush European bouquets depicted in an Eastern European style.

In Spain and later in Ireland, classical European carpets with heraldic colors and formal floral patterns became sought-after status symbols. In Flanders, Belgium and France, weavers created spectacular neoclassical tapestries worthy of any fine European estate or aristocratic palace. Even as the 20th century changed the course of art, European rugs still reflected the cultural zeitgeist and the emergence of art deco and classically modern trends.

From the amazing tapestries of 17th century Belgium, to the dynamic Art Deco carpets of turn of the century France, to the unrivaled mid-century rugs and carpets from Scandinavia, Europe boasts an impressive range of artisanal weavings, with many styles being developed on and remaining unique to the Continent.

1. Antique Heraldic 17th Century Flemish Tapestry

17th Century Flemish Tapestry

Here we see a grand, fine, magnificent, and important 17th century heraldic antique tapestry of obvious Baroque style, woven certainly at Brussels by a renown tapestry maker, originally conceived perhaps as a compliment of a series of narrative subjects, or included in a series which comprised similar or equal heraldic figuration, other components of which however have not survived. [Read More: 17th Century Flemish Tapestry]


2. Art Deco Rugs and Carpets from France

French Art Deco Rugs

Production emerged during a perfect storm of technology, political conditions and public demand that allowed the rug and the master weaver to rise to an unrivaled level of prominence. The French Art Deco rugs and carpets reflect modern elements paired with unique traditions inspired by individual artists. [Read More: French Art Deco Rugs]


3. Bessarabian Pile Rugs and Carpets from Romania

Bessarabian Pile Rugs and Carpets

Knotted-pile carpets from Eastern Europe and Russia have for years been referred to as Ukrainian, with their flatwoven counterparts being “Bessarabian,” and their precise origins remaining unknown. Carpet production in Russia is believed to have begun under Peter the Great. [Read More: Bessarabian Pile Rugs and Carpets]


4. History of Antique Spanish Rugs

History of Antique Spanish Rugs

The history of antique rug wearing in Spain is perhaps the most complex Europe, and certainly among the most complex in the world. This is due largely in part to the unique history and geography of Spain. In the early Middle Ages, Spain was conquered and occupied by Islamic forces from North Africa. [Read More: History of Antique Spanish Rugs]


5. A Collection of French Carpets

Collection of French Carpets

As early as 1536 France established diplomatic relations and trade agreements with the powerful ottoman empire. The Franco ottoman alliance brought many imported rugs to France inspiring a craze for Oriental fashions and furnishings that extended to the art produced by the renaissance painters and old masters. [Read More: A Collection of French Carpets]


6. Vintage Scandinavian Rugs

Vintage Scandinavian Rugs

By the year 800 the Byzantines had established themselves as the dominate superpower in Asia Minor, claiming territories that were previously under Roman control. Trans continental and trans oceanic trade routes, through some of the world’s harshest climates, brought the first knotted pile rugs to the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. [Read More: Vintage Scandinavian Rugs]


6. Antique 16th Century Spanish Alcaraz Rug

Antique 16th Century Spanish Alcaraz Rug

The dark blue field is organized around a central column of unidirectional palmettes with secondary diagonal palmettes and partial side elements. The pattern on this oriental rug derives from Spanish or Italian early 16th century velvets. The basically bi-tonal character blue pattern is also a feature of contemporary European silk velvet textiles. [Read More: Antique 16th Century Spanish Alcaraz Rug]


7. Antique Greek 17 Century Silk Embroidery Textile

Antique Greek 17 Century Silk Embroidery Textile

Although the Epirus region is on the Greek mainland, its textiles have always been grouped with there of the islands. This attracted fragment of silk embroidery on an ivory linen ground was once part of a cover, probably with a plain center. [Read More: Antique Greek 17 Century Silk Embroidery Textile]