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Antique Ziegler carpet

Circa 1880
500 × 425 cm 16’4” x 13’11”
£68,000
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Description

A striking antique Ziegler carpet, Persian woven with fantastic colour that has faded to create an extremely elegant decorative piece.  The dye change we can see on the carpet is known as an ‘abrash’ and is where a different batch of dyes have been used.  With it being around 120 years old the dyes will oxidise and mellow giving it a great deal of character.

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 The large floral palmettes on this carpet create an open design making it easy to compliment many rooms.

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.

Ziegler rugs developed an almost immediate following, especially among early collectors 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 types of carpet.

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