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Antique Ziegler carpet

Circa 1890
548 x 325 cm 17’11” x 10’7”
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A stunning antique Ziegler Sultanabad carpet woven in Persia dating from 1880-1890.  The wool pile is in excellent condition with subtle saturated natural colours on this Ziegler Persian weaving. The classical all over design is beautifully drawn using an elegant combination of muted colours and floral palmettes and leaves entwined with this diamond almost lattice design.  The pale blues and the amount of soft greens are fantastic colours to furnish with, a lovely subtle palette on this antique carpet.

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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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