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Antique Agra rug

Circa 1890
210 x 122 cm 6’10” x 4’
£5,900
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A very fine antique Agra rug with rich burgundys and blues typical of pieces from this period, the pile on this rug is near perfect! This rug has a classical design called the ‘Herati’ motif which is a repeating design of a two leaves surrounding a flower which has been stylised over the centuries.  In very early examples it used to depict two fish swimming around a water-lily, this design has been attributed back to the 17th century.

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 Often thought to be a Persian design as it was seen in some of the earliest examples of 17th century carpets woven in Kirman on a larger scale.  Over the centuries it became a smaller tighter pattern used throughout India, Persia and on Turkish weavings. A very durable rug ideal for a study, entrance hall or in front of a fire. Wonderful rich colours, especially the pale blue dye is a particular lovely dye.

The Indian city of Agra in the late 19th century was an area where carpet weaving began to excel, as carpets and rugs were comissioned for the western market. Persian designs were used, but like Ziegler carpets the designs were generally enlarged to show beautiful palmettes and vines with mainly reds, purples, greens and ivory as the predominant colours.

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