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AN ALCARAZ RUG

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AN ALCARAZ RUG

SPAIN, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY

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AN ALCARAZ RUG SPAIN, SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY The royal blue field scattered with various minute flowerheads, minor animal and bird motifs around an overall linked lattice design of golden bold palmettes and grouped leaves, in a golden yellow scrolling S-motif border between narrow geometric motif minor stripes, areas of wear particularly in the central field, scattered small areas of old repiling and repair 13ft.4in. x 6ft.11in. (405cm. x 211cm.)
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Lot Essay

The design of the present rug and its pair in the following lot derive, as did that of the previous lot, from Italian sixteenth century velvets. In this particular variant, however, the weavers have played with the notion of what is design and what is background, so that what was originally palmettes within a similarly coloured ogival lattice on a coloured ground has here been changed to a design where what was originally the lattice is now the ground, and therefore what was the ground within each panel has now become the main bulk of each motif.

The inscription indicates that this pair of rugs were originally made as a pious gift to the shrine of Saint James, very possibly at Santiago da Compostella, but also concievably another foundation dedicated to the same patron.

Please see also the note to the following lot.

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