Art Deco, Spain, Early 20th Century – Some rugs are as puzzling as they are spectacular. The weave of this carpet is remarkably similar to Chinese examples, although the subject matter is purely South American or Argentine. A great circular array of hunters on horseback and on foot move in on their quarry – ostriches and wildcats or pumas. Those who chase the ostriches look like the famous gauchos of the Argentine pampas The drawing is decidedly modern, at once abstract and yet ornamental, in the manner of Chagall. The latter effect is heightened by the pastel palette of reds, lavender, pink, cinnamon, and grey on a pale cream-yellow field.