Antique English Needlepoint, late nineteenth century - This stunning antique carpet stands in a long tradition of English needlepoint going back to Elizabethan times. A highly unusual Medieval pattern of scalloped quatrefoils linked by broad strapwork bands occupies the field. Small floral designs fill the spaces within the larger pattern. A thin border provides a nice contrast to the monumental design of the field. The colors are soft, adding to the decorative effect of the design, but the dark ground provides dramatic contrast, accenting the decorative details.