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Antique Agra carpet

Circa 1880
385 × 330 cm 12’7” x 10’9”


A stunning antique Agra Carpet, circa 1880-1890, with exquisite blue/green dyes, with lots of variation in this colour, known as abrash. The dyes have oxidised over the last 120 years, which reveals the varying wool the weavers in Agra used.  A deep pile completes the rarity and quality of this antique Agra.  In exceptional original condition with little wear, some corrosion to the black/brown dyes, dye to the iron properties in these dyes.  Agra carpets are known for their durability and excellent construction.  This piece is quite remarkable with an all over pattern, a small almost repeating Boteh design.  It could look magnificent in a study, entrance hall, drawing room or dining room, supplied with our brilliant underlay.

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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.  From the 16th century, during the Mughal Empire carpet weaving was influenced by the Persian weavers which resided in Agra, India.  Designs on Agra carpets vary considerably, but Persian floral motifs from Tabriz and Ziegler were often used.  The British revival in the 19th century bought back the production of oriental rugs after the collapse of the Mughal Empire due to high demand for export.

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