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Antique Sultanabad rug

Circa 1890
162 × 98 cm 5’3” x 3’2”


A lovely rare little red antique Sultanabad rug, with an all over ‘Herati’ pattern.  Which is a 16th century design which used to show two fish swimming around a water-lily.  Over the centuries it has been stylised to a flower with two leaves around the flower.   Over 100 plus years it has faded and the red dyes have faded, which adds character and depth to the rug.

The condition is very good, with a soft and light handle, and an excellent medium high wool pile all over. No old areas of restoration are apparent and it has been washed ready for use on the floor. Supplied with our sturdy underlay included in the price, to prevent it from moving around on all floor types, such as sisal, wooden floors and carpet.  This is from the same collection as the little blue antique Sultanabad rug.

Contact us to arrange a visit to our barn showroom to view the rug up close, request a home visit – where we can bring lots of rugs for you to view in-situ. Or purchase online with confidence, as proud members of the BADA and LAPADA, we adhere to strict guidelines in the antique trade and our proud to offer our services to private customers and interior designers.

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Sultanabad carpets and rugs 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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