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Rare Antique Agra carpet

Circa 1860
420 × 275 cm 13’9” x 9’


This remarkable early Antique Agra carpet is an incredibly rare find, in exceptional original condition dating from 1850-1860.  This is one of the best early Agra carpets we have seen,  both in the simple colour selection and the condition it is in.  The ’Shrub’ design in the main field is one of the desired designs in Agra carpets.

On researching this carpet, we found a collection of drawings from 1840 in the V&A Museum which is the same Shrub design in the main field of this carpet.  Please click on the link below and additional images. Looking at the dyes and weave along with this drawing, this Agra carpet could be even earlier than 1860 as this design was made in 1840.  The design is an inlay drawing for the cenotaph of Shah Jahan identical to the border design of this ivory rare Agra carpet.

Use this link below to see the information from the V&A Museum about the design used in this carpet.

V&A Cenotaph of Shah Jahan

Visit our barn showroom in Crondall, Surrey to view our exceptional collection of rare and decorative antique carpets and rugs. You can also request a home visit, to arrange a time to view this exceptionally rare antique Agra carpet in-situ.

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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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