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Antique Ziegler carpet

Circa 1880
527 × 295 cm 17’3” x 9’8”


A rare near perfect condition carpet from the famed and world renown Ziegler & Co workshop in Sultanabad, Persia dating from 1880-1890.  The wool pile is in remarkable original condition retaining its saturated natural colour and is prominent all over this beautiful example of important Persian weaving.  The classical all over design is beautifully drawn using an elegant combination of colours and floral palmettes surrounded by leaves which made Ziegler carpets so revered and desirable by collectors and designers alike.

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 The abrash, which is the term for dye change in the border is delightful with the variety in indigo blues changing from light to dark throughout and amplifies the character of this late 19th Century piece.  The main field colour is an unusual combination of muted sandy fawn tones which balances the soft reds and pinks creating a calm and exquisite decorative carpet.

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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