Vase Carpet

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Although this carpet has been reduced in length and width the ogival layout can still be discerned. Large floral forms are arranged diagonally on vines which create these ogival systems. Known as "vase-carpets" by the sporadic presence of vases in the pattern, these carpets traditionally have four vertical rows of flowers. Although some "vase" carpets are attributed to the sixteenth century, this one probably dates from the seventeenth century on the basis of the border design and the comparatively simplified drawing of the flowers in the field.

Vase Carpet, Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile

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