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Antique Ziegler rug

Circa 1900
160 × 105 cm 5’2” x 3’5”


A rare, small size antique Ziegler Sultanabad rug with a finer weave than usually found.  The border is typical of Ziegler weavings with a repeating flower and vine design, with a rich, wonderful deep red background field colour, and elegant medallion design.  Some subtle changes in the red background we can see as definitive lines going across the rug which often is mistaken for wear or restoration.  It is actually a dye change which we use the term ‘abrash’ for.  Antique Ziegler rugs and carpets are some of the most desirable carpets and rugs from the late 19th century and are beautiful coverings for the floor.

This classical Ziegler pattern was more often woven in larger carpet sizes, which makes us feel this sweet and rare little rug was commissioned to maybe be an accompaniment to a larger carpet.  Possibly for the same room, often for a bay window area.

Condition wise it is excellent, with a fine wool pile all over.  Minimal restoration has happened at either end, but done incredibly well by expert weavers.

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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 bold all-over patterns and with softer palettes than their vibrant Persian counterparts.

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