Small Figurative Vintage Portuguese Tapestry 48787

Size: 3 ft 10 in x 3 ft 10 in (1.17 m x 1.17 m)
Style: Tapestry

Vintage Portuguese Tapestry, Country of Origin: Portugal, Circa Date: 20th Century – This gorgeous vintage 20th-century Portuguese tapestry uses soft colors and features two lovers. The curves and round shapes of the human figures accentuate the pastel color palette. They also create contrast with the rectangular shapes in the background, almost making it appear as if they are superimposed against the silhouette of a cityscape. This is a gorgeous piece of modern art that would make an excellent addition to a contemporary space, but one burning question that must be asked is, who are these lovers?

Let’s look at the clues we can find. As the tag on the back indicates, it was the property of Teppich Engelhardt and is from the handwoven Portuguese collection. Teppich Engelhardt opened in Manheim, Germany in 1961 and was one of Germany’s best-known oriental carpet dealerships until it closed its doors in 2017. The tapestry is signed, but difficult to decipher. The rug itself gives us a few clues to the design.

Because the rug is Portuguese, it might be tempting to consider the lovers to be Pedro and Ines, a Portuguese version of Romeo and Juliet. This might be challenged by the wreath that the man is wearing and the thin, gauzy flow of her garments. These elements point to a classical Greek theme. This leaves many options: Penelope and Odysseus, Orpheus and Eurydice, and many others. We might never know the true identity of the lovers depicted in this tapestry, which makes it a fascinating piece for your collection.

This rug is small enough to serve as a gorgeous piece of wall art that will add a sense of mystery and mystique. The combination of classical Green and Mid-century Modern elements creates a fascinating design. The overall feel of the tapestry is delicate and graceful. This piece would make an excellent addition to a Mid-century Modern or retro-inspired space. It would also complement any contemporary design with its delicate colors and minimalist design. Perhaps you can uncover more of its mysteries. Contact us, and we will be happy to help bring this breathtaking piece of artwork to your space.

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