Our grand selection of Antique European, Oriental, Persian Rugs and Carpets will be a marvelous addition to your home. These magnificent antique pieces come with an incredible history. Did you know during the Islamic occupation of the eleventh century, Medieval Spain was the first European country to make knotted pile rugs? Other prevailing design influences came from Persia, Italy, and France. Along with tapestries, cushions, bed sets and chests, oriental style rugs were indispensable to the nomadic life of the Spanish nobility. In the fifteenth century, geometrically patterned Spanish carpets from Alcaraz were embellished with figurative panels and emblazoned with armorials of the noble patrons who commissioned them. Throughout the Renaissance, Spanish carpet and rug making closely followed the prevailing trends of European fashion by incorporating bold wreath and trellis-work designs.
The original bright red and blue coloration's of these antique Spanish rugs have faded over time into the muted gold and blue tones now associated with antique Spanish carpets.