Fascinating Vintage Spanish Pile Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Spanish Rugs, Circa Date: 1940 – The creation of pile rugs in Spain is a tradition that goes back to the occupation of the Moors. Spanish carpets are known for their quality and beautiful use of color and design. This carpet was created in Spain during the 1940s and features a characteristic all-over floral pattern that was popular during that period.
The vintage carpet uses a characteristic color palette that is typical for Spanish rugs. It is subdued in natural browns, olive greens and with a hint of red to serve as an accent. Spanish carpets of this period are rather somber and refined in their tone. They were meant to pair with elegant, rich hardwoods, and traditional furniture. The aesthetic was somewhat subdued. This carpet reflects the elegant, refined character of the period.
Although Spanish weavers learned the technique of pile weaving from the Moors, they did not copy their designs. Instead, they developed a distinctive style, color combinations and patterns that highlight their unique sense of aesthetics. This is as true in the 20th century as it was during the Renaissance.
Spanish carpets of the 20th century had developed into several characteristic designs. Each rug is different and has its own character, but they have a similar format. They feature an all-over pattern that features some type of flower or floral arrangement placed in a grid pattern in the field of the rug. The borders are set off by a small geometric border that uses a smaller version of the field pattern.
This carpet has a refined character that will go well in a traditional room, or perhaps paired with Spanish-style architecture. It would bring elegance to a number of design styles. It is a beautiful piece and a classic example of a Spanish mid-century design.