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Antique Jewish Rugs of Israel

Carpet Weaving in Israel

The Old Testament makes frequent mention of weaving and of dyes such as Kermes. In historical rugs we see Jewish imagery and pieces woven for synagogues. From Egypt to the border of China where we found Jewish communities we frequently find ties and links to the rug trade. What most people do not know is that in the twentieth century pile carpets were woven in present fay Israel.

In 1903 the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts was established in Ottoman Jerusalem  by Professor Boris Schatz with the help of Theodor Herzl. Bezalel and Bezalel carpets were a key part of preparing the way for what grew into the Nation State of Israel

How Bezalel was seen in 1917

Unique among the educational institutions in Palestine is the  School of Arts and Crafts in the city of Jerusalem. To Bezalel comes the Jewish art student who seeks a means of expressing his art in Jewish form and his Jewishness in art. Instead of trying to find inspiration for his work in adopted lands, among foreign peoples whose inner life he cannot understand, he comes back to his home-land, to his own people, whose life is the very soul of himself.

In the short space of nine years, Bezalel, under the direction of Prof. Schatz, has succeeded in creating the beginnings of a Jewish art. It is particularly famous for the finely wrought silver filigree work which it has produced. Many of these filigree articles as well as rugs, fancy woodwork, etc., have been brought here to America for display and sale. We have seen that the articles made at Bezalel are not only distinctively Jewish in character but genuinely beautiful and artistic.

Besides being a school of art, Bezalel has become a valuable commercial institution of Palestine by giving employment to hundreds in its rug-weaving, basket making and filigree work shops.

By making it possible for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to gain a livelihood in a dignified way—through the work of their own hands— Bezalel is helping to undermine the evil influence of the Chalucka. It is developing a new sense of independence in the old settlement.

From: A Zionist primer: essays by various writers, Editor Sundel Doniger Publisher Young Judea, 1917



Examples of the Jewish Rugs of Israel

Bezalel_ Silver Hanukka Lamp
Bezalel Silver Hanuka Lamp Circa 1920

The Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts is best remembered for its silver and its carpets.
 

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