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Antique Agra carpet

Circa 1880
465 x 388 cm 15’3” x 12’8”


A rich deep red exquisite antique Agra carpet, woven in the late 19th century in fabulous pile and general condition.  With an ivory border, using a classical Agra border design it balances the rich red main field beautifully.  We can see corrosion to the black/brown dyes typical of Agra carpets of this period.  With pale blue/grey hints to the leafs and subtle gold tones too, this magnificent elegant carpet would enhance many a room.  The spacing of the floral design is really excellent and allows the whole carpet to have great balance.

We offer the service of viewing any of our carpets & rugs in-situ in London, Surrey, Hampshire & the UK by appointment.  We also will ship worldwide and have sent carpets as far as Hong Kong safely and securely with our expert shippers.

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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 commissioned 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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