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Antique Sultanabad carpet

Circa 1880
396 × 272 cm 12’11” x 8’11”


An early decorative Antique Sultanabad carpet, woven around 1880 with gorgeous faded colours.  A deep blue background works so well with the open flowing floral design and refined detail.  We can even see small bird motifs which is unusual for this weaving area.  Wonderful muted colours of soft pinks, yellows, greens and pale blue dyes balance well with the soft red to faded terracotta border colour.

Condition is good, with pile over the main areas of this 140 year old carpet.  We can see some wear and lower areas of pile in places, please view all the additional images.  With the age of this beautiful carpet it is not uncommon to see, and in many ways enhances its appeal.  Supplied with our sturdy underlay it would protect the carpet for many years and prevents wear and it moving on a floor.

Please request a home visit for us to show you this antique Sultanabad carpet in-situ on a convenient day.  Or visit our barn showroom by appointment to view hundreds of antique carpets, rugs and runners, please contact us to arrange a time.

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Sultanabad carpets are very important in the history of weaving as Sultanabad was formally known as Arak which was once the capital of Persia in the 1800’s.  Famous carpets such as Ziegler were woven in Sultanabad by the company Ziegler & Co which produced open large floral designs for western tastes and thrived in the late 19th century exporting these carpets to the US and Europe.  Sultanabad carpets are know as older better quality Mahals woven from the mid to late 19th century there pile is much flatter than the younger Mahal carpets and using softer colours rather than the typical reds and blues we associate with most Persian carpets.


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