Orientalism And Oriental Carpets

by Charles Recknagel

Europe’s fascination with oriental rugs dropped off markedly during the 1700s, as the French baroque decorating style, with Savonnerie and similar carpets, swept the Western world.

But by the early 1800s, oriental rugs were back.

And throughout the 1800s and well into the early 1900s, European interest in oriental rugs reached heights never known before or since.

It was a rapid comeback, which went from importing small-format rugs in the first half of the 1800s to the importing large-format, room-size carpets in the second half.

At the same time, oriental carpets went from being exotic accent pieces shown in isolation on the floor to being fully integrated into the Western concept of interior decorating, including being placed beneath sofas, tables and chairs.

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