Rare Small Size Antique English Axminster Floral Design Area Rug, The Origin: England, Rug Dates To: 19th Century – With its rich array of naturalistic floral forms unfolding dynamically across the surface, this lovely little antique English Axminster rug is a response to the style and coloration of a French Savonnerie carpets. But the use of these elements in this English Axminster antique rug, as a free form, asymmetrical excerpt enclosed by a deep tan border-like outer zone is highly unusual and reflects the taste of the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
The designs are elegant and stately, reflecting rococo or French Parisian design elements. These floral designs draw on Greco Roman design elements to reflect their aristocratic beginnings. The same design elements used in this small rug from England are reflected in French architecture and furniture design. This classic Axminister rug brings a touch of grandeur and eloquence to any decorated room.
The beautiful antique English rug features two messy bouquets, reminiscent of the French countryside. The soft colors of the flowers against an elegant ivory background are accented by splashes of red. One might note that both bouquets, although similar, are not identical. The small antique English Axminster rug is directional with both bouquets arising from a defined bottom delineated by an element resembling a scrolled Greek urn.
Although the antique rug does not have a defined line of symmetry, is still has a sense of balance that is achieved through the weight and placement of the design elements. It combines hues from light to dark that combine in such a way as to create depth and shadow in the flowers and vine work on the edges. The subdued colors of the antique English Axminster rug give it a sense of lightness and airiness. The main border is denser on the ends than the long the edges, giving it spatial definition.
Occasionally, the flowers break through the line that separates the field of the rug from the main floral border. This gives it an informal and meandering quality, reminiscent of a field of wildflowers in the French countryside. This antique English Axminster rug takes you to a stroll through the French rural countryside and a trip back in time to the extravagance of the time of Louis XV. This peaceful, pastoral rug complements any traditional design, or any area that needs an informal feeling and a breath of summer breezes.