Portuguese Arraiolos Needlepoint Carpets have a history that dates back to the Elizabethan Era. These rugs consist of stitches embroidered onto canvas to create the design. This is a different technique from hand-knotted wool rugs that are typically found within Oriental carpets.
Portuguese Carpets originated in Jewish communities who were ordered to leave quickly when Queen Isabella ousted the Moors and Jews from Spain in 1492. These outcasts landed in the Portuguese town of Arraiolos, quickly establishing themselves with their knowledge of needlepoint and began creating these masterful antique rugs, and offering them to the marketplace.