- 17th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Wool and linen
- 136 1/2 × 68 in. (3 m 46.71 cm × 1 m 72.72 cm)
- Decorative Arts and Design
- Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Library, Level 3
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
- OBJECT NUMBER:
This rug is part of a large group inspired by Persian medallion rugs. As with many of the imported prototypes, this example contains animal motifs, including birds and leopards. Traditionally attributed to Portugal, this group may contain some rugs of Spanish origin. Regardless of their exact origin, the rugs are embroidered rather than woven. To create the elaborate pattern, wool yarns were sewn onto a linen ground. This technique was used in various parts of Europe. The Reves Collection contains another example (1985.R.88) featuring a central medallion that is thought to have been made in southwest France during the 17th century.
Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 34.