Antique Ziegler carpet, Persia

Circa 1880
412 x 245 cm 13’6” x 8’
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A rare near perfect condition carpet from the famed and world renown Ziegler & Co workshop in Sultanabad, Persia dating from 1880-1890.  The wool pile is in remarkable original condition using natural colours and is prominent all over this beautiful example of important Persian weaving.  The classical all over design is beautifully drawn using an elegant combination of colours and small floral motifs.

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The abrash, which is the term for dye change in the border is delightful with the variety in the pale blue grey background changing from light to dark throughout and amplifies the character of this late 19th Century piece.  The main field colour is an unusual combination of grey tones which balances the soft pinks and greens creating a calm and exquisite decorative carpet.

Condition wise: the wool pile on this late 19th century Ziegler carpet is high all over the carpet, with only minimal lower areas of flatter pile. We would class this carpet in excellent condition as it has had no major restoration, there are no marks or stains and no damage. The ends and selvedges have been secured and it is a beautiful decorative Ziegler ready for the floor.

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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