This elegant French woven wool needlepoint rug, dates to the later half of the 19th century and was manufactured during the reign of Napoleon III, the last French emperor. The rug features the dark, somber, and warm colors preferred in the Victorian era. The long rug (over 13 feet) features a chocolate brown ground with neoclassical geometrical borders adorned with colorful and intricate flower bouquets. The rug features a rectangular center arched medallion adorned with flower bouquets and interspersed with neoclassical medallions. The rug still retains its vivid and bright colors.
Rug presents well and is in good antique condition, with wear and patina commensurate with age and use. There are minor scattered losses and threadbare spots which are hard to notice due to the busy pattern. One end of the rug has been cut at each corner to fit around a fireplace hearth. The lining has minor wear and a few areas of discoloration and is coming undone in a few areas around the edges. None of these imperfections are unusual for a rug of this age and they hardly detract (and of course all could be restored if you so chose).
Dimensions: 162″ in length, 70″ in width