English Needlepoint, circa 1900 - This magnificent antique English needlepoint carpet preserves a European tradition of adapting Oriental carpets going back five hundred years or more. A sage green trellis of fine acanthus leaves defines an allover pattern of staggered hexagon medallions filled in alternate rows by fleurs-de-lis and looped ribbon patterns. The soft tan, green, and saffron tones of the field are accented sparingly by the use of Chinese red floral forms between the medallions and in the details of the fleur-de-lis. A stately classical border of oblong cartouche medallions in tans and saffron nicely frames and resolves the entire composition.
Size: 8. ft 11 in x 11 ft 09 in (2.72 m x 3.58 m)