The abrash, which is the term for dye change in the border is delightful with the variety in pale indigo blues changing from light to dark throughout and amplifies the character of this late 19th Century piece. The main field colour is a muted soft red tone which balances the soft pinks and hints of yellow creating a calm and exquisite decorative carpet.
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.
Request a home visit to view this stunning antique Ziegler carpet in situ at a convenient time. Currently this carpet is on our stand A38 at the BADA (British Antique Dealers Association) Fair in Chelsea, London. Contact us for an invitation.