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Early Antique Sultanabad carpet

Circa 1870
370 × 260 cm 12’1” x 8’6”


A stunning early Sultanabad carpet from around 1870 with amazing green dyes used in the border.  A pre Ziegler production carpet with large floral motifs and scrolling vines. Beautiful early blue dyes and golden yellow tones, all on a terracotta brick red tone background.

Woven around 150 years ago we can see some wear and lower areas of pile scattered over this piece.  Structurally strong with no holes or splits, this carpet would have been thin and with a low pile when constructed in Sultanabad, Persia in the mid to late 19th century.  With our sturdy underlay underneath this carpet it will provide durability and strength, so it can still be used for another 100 years.

We would happily welcome you contacting us to request a home visit, having visited customers in their own homes for over 30 years. We feel it is vital to view carpets and rugs at home, so you can make the ideal choice, trying various options in a room. A professional, free service we have offered since 1990.

Book a visit to our barn showroom, we have over 1000 antique and contemporary carpets, rugs and runners on offer.  We are located in the small village of Crondall in Surrey, around an hours drive from London.

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Sultanabad carpets are very important in the history of weaving as Sultanabad was formally known as Arak which was once the capital of Persia in the 1800’s.  Famous carpets such as Ziegler were woven in Sultanabad by the company Ziegler & Co which produced open large floral designs for western tastes and thrived in the late 19th century exporting these carpets to the US and Europe.  Sultanabad carpets are know as older better quality Mahals woven from the mid to late 19th century there pile is much flatter than the younger Mahal carpets and using softer colours rather than the typical reds and blues we associate with most Persian carpets.

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