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Rare Antique Ziegler carpet

Circa 1890
674 × 436 cm 22’1” x 14’3”
£ POA
£ POA

Description

A very large antique Ziegler carpet, beautifully drawn with a large scale floral and leaf design and connecting vines and leaves, in an elegant richly coloured palette, which of course has faded over the last 130 years.  With deep blues, that change to darker blues in the main background, using subtle soft madder red dyes for the border.  Combined with olives greens, sage greens, pale blues, and natural of white tones.  The whole composition works remarkably, as we would expect coming from the coveted Ziegler & Co workshop.

A huge scale late 19th century example in very good order.  This antique carpet has had some preservation restoration work completed to an incredibly high standard, and now being offered to use for another 100 years.  Ideal for a large drawing room, dining room or magnificent entrance hall.  This would add immense character and beauty.

Available to be privately viewed at home, by requesting a home visit, you can choose a convenient day and time for us to bring this carpet to you.  We travel nationwide showing our carpets to private customers and interior designers, it would be a pleasure to help you soon.  Alternatively arrange a visit to our barn showroom, we are open Monday to Saturday by appointment only.

The history of Ziegler carpets: 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.

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Ziegler & Co a Manchester-based Swiss producer was a genius in creating the worlds most desirable and decorative carpets. Using wool from Manchester, UK he had workshops in Sultanabad and supplied Liberty and Harvey Nichols.  Ziegler & Co were instrumental in shaping how decorative carpets would be produced in Persia and what designs would be woven in Sultanabad for the next 50 years. The company’s designs were essentially Western versions of finer Persian designs,  their large scale floral designs and often enormous sizes were modified to the specifications of Western retailers.  Most of the Ziegler production was shipped to New York and London.

Ziegler rugs developed an almost immediate following, especially among early collectors, which included the Guinness family, who laid them in Elveden Hall, their Suffolk estate.

Ziegler & Co employed designers from major western department stores such as A 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 decorative all-over patterns and with softer palettes than their vibrant Persian counterparts.  Taking the small intricate patterns of finer Persian carpets and enlarging the floral motifs to use on these Ziegler’s.  Their following and popularity with the best interior designers throughout the world has seen them stay at the top of the industry since they were produced.

 

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