The different backgrounds become the parameter with which to divide and present the rugs of the Antique and Vintage Artep Italia, with Il Mercante d’Oriente, selected for historical and aesthetic value. 

The Traditional rug, in its many variants and connotations, has represented for millennia the perfect combination of everyday use and work of art. A filter that contains, for those who know how to read it, a snapshot of a historical period, a style of life that cannot leave one unmoved. Each color, symbol, every story and every single knot carries with it a history made with expert hands, traditional materials often handed down from father to son. The following selections include various types of rugs represented by some of the best examples on the market, each provided with Certificates of Authenticity and Warranty. 

Caucasian selection


The only Western nation that has always been known as one of the main centers of production for rugs is Russia. Incorporating two of the most active regions (Caucasia and Central Asia), in fact, Russia has had a huge influence not only with the international market of the carpet, but also with the culture of the peoples of Russia. 

Afghan selection


 War Rugs. From the Soviet invasion of 1979, some Afghani weavers have incorporated images that are provocative. The events of the period of Taliban rule and the American Occupation have been proven to provide nourishment for the imagination of the weavers. Il Mercante d’Oriente has the most significant international collection of this type of carpet, now sought after by collectors all over the world. 

Moroccan selection


A selection of arabic and berber rugs, very actual and modern. The whole selection is composed by unique pieces that we could define of "ready-made", because  they were composed with rags and disused fabrics by the women of some Moroccan tribes, with the purpose to furnish their own houses. The Boucherouites carperts, bring with them history and a modern and actual sensibility.

Chinese selection


 In China there is a long tradition of carpet manufacturing and the first, probably a bargaining chip, were made ​​2,000 years ago, and were intended for the court of the Emperor. However, the art of weaving carpets arrived in China only between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. The first decorative motifs were heavily influenced by other arts, such as the manufacturing of pottery or silk.

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