Louis XVI Rug

DATE:
17th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Needlepoint
CLASSIFICATION:
Carpets
DIMENSIONS:
94 × 69 in. (2 m 38.76 cm × 1 m 75.26 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.88

General Description

This rug is part of a large group inspired by Persian medallion rugs and is thought to have been made in southwest France during the 17th century. Regardless of the exact origin of this rug and others like it, 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.96) from the 17th century that contains animal motifs, including birds and leopards and was possibly made in Portugal or Spain.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 34.