A Soft Grey Color Large Size Vintage Spanish Alpujarra Area Rug, Origin: Spain, Circa: Mid 20th Century– Spanish rugs have a regal character that few can match. From the 15th through the 19th centuries, the Alpujarra district of Spain has created rugs with a character that reflects the grandeur and opulence that defined the Spanish courts. This gorgeous, vintage piece is a beautiful example of the style and craftsmanship that characterizes these fine pieces. Alpujarra is located in the southern portion of Granada. These rugs from Spain typically only use two or three colors in the palette. This example is created using neutral tones in light and mid-range browns. This gives it an earthy feel.
The design of this large size area rug is inline with the works created in the area at the time, but it has a few clues that it might reference a fascinating piece of Granada history. The design of the rug uses a subtle central medallion with horizontal symmetry. Each side features an all-over design with a repeating garden motif. It is this motif that is the most fascinating aspect of this Spanish area rug.
The design features a fountain and lions. This is a reference to the Court of the Lions in the Alhambra. In the courtyard, the fountain represents the rich history and is a feat that demonstrates the engineering superiority of the Moors, who ruled Spain for nearly 700 years. The Courtyard of the Lions in the Alhambra features a fountain surrounded by 12 lions. On this vintage rug, the lions are seen surrounding the fountain, each of which is accompanied by 12 stars.
The Alhambra is a spectacular piece of architecture located in Granada, where this carpet was created. This beautiful piece pays homage to the Alhambra and the history that it represents. This is a gorgeous piece that will make an excellent addition to your collection. If your home or office features Spanish colonial style architecture, this piece is a design essential for a traditional look.
This superb vintage Spanish rug from Alpujarra showcases an extraordinary repeating pattern rendered in an elegant, luxurious combination of beige and ecru. The sumptuous ivory field is adorned with complex repeating elements that expertly flow together. Ornamental fountains flanked by perched birds and powerful chimera figures are the centerpiece of the repeating motifs, which are linked by delicate scrollwork details and restrained botanical accents.
The beautiful, formal composition features a simplistic floral medallion that gives the repeating pattern symmetry in balance and form. Understated borders that feature ageless lozenge chains conclude the classical composition while adding an alluring modern influence that balances the occasionally primitive motifs. This decorative European carpet represents a unique and unusual blend of primitive, pre-historic influences and European elegance that is synonymous with Spanish and Mediterranean cultures.