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Rare Antique Ziegler carpet

Circa 1890
422 x 380 cm 13’10” x 12’5”


A rare square grey/pale blue background antique Ziegler carpet from the famed and world renown Ziegler & Co workshop in Sultanabad, Persia dating from 1883-1890.  The reason this carpet is rarer than most antique Ziegler’s is the open plain field and colour.  To produce this rare dye was an expensive process back in the late 19th century, also it was a colour rarely produced.  The Ziegler & Co workshop produced some of the best dyes of the late 19th century and they have faded and oxidised over the years adding tremendous character.

This antique Ziegler carpet has had some restoration over the years, some preservation work to the areas in the borders but done to an exceptionally high standard.  Areas of wear are visible in the main plain field colour, but it actually adds to the character and look of this sublime piece.  Ziegler & Co workshop carpets are one of the most collectable and desirable carpets in the world, this is an exceptional one and we are privileged to have it in our inventory.

A personal home visit can be selected from our website, choosing an ideal day and time for us to visit you with this carpet.  We have offered this service for over 30 years, we can help you choose the ideal carpet for your home.  You can also request a showroom visit if preferred, we are open Monday to Saturday by appointment.

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Further history about Ziegler carpets: In 1883, Ziegler and Co, of Manchester, England established a Persian carpet manufacture in Sultanabad Persia, which employed designers from major western department stores such as B. Altman & Co of New York and Liberty, to modify 16th- and 17th-century Eastern designs for the more restrained western taste. Using highly developed dying techniques, and the best artisans from the region, the Ziegler Co created rugs with beautiful, all-over patterns and with softer palettes than their vibrant Persian counterparts.

Ziegler rugs developed an almost immediate following in the late 19th Century, especially among early collectors which included the Guinness family, who laid them in Elveden Hall, their Suffolk estate. Ziegler carpets are one of the only types of Persian carpet which were influenced by western designs and have become one of the most sought after carpets in the world today.

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