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I had the opportunity to meet Peter Pap (of Peter Pap Oriental Rugs) this week and checked out his website this evening. One of his featured carpets is the one shown above, an “Arrayollos Carpet” (more commonly spelled – at least on internet searches – “Arrailos”). The name was unfamiliar to me but it refers to an area of Portugal known historically for its textile and embroidery traditions. This particular needlepoint carpet is dated to the 17th century. The bold pattern and strong blue and yellow palette is very appealing, I think!