5 June 2008
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
AN ARRAIOLOS STYLE NEEDLEPOINT CARPET
DESIGNED BY TIMOTHY WHEALON, LATE 20TH CENTURY
The light beige field with stylised cartouches of polychrome leafy motifs in a shape of stylised pin-wheels together with open rosettes, in a light beige border of leafy scrolls and lillies between ribbon stripes
9 ft. 9 in. x 9f ft. 7 in. (296 cm. x 291 cm.)
With Renaissance, Lisbon, 1998.
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Arraiolos is a town in south central Portugal that had a thriving needlepoint weaving tradition in the 17th and 18th centuries. The weavers of Arraiolos blended their own iconography with Safavid and Ottoman design elements. As seen in the current example, the medallions and cartouche border design are inspired by 16th and 17th century classical Tabriz carpets.
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