Antique Agra Rugs and Carpets From India

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Collection of Antique Agra Rugs and Carpets from India

Antique Agra RugsAgra has been a major center of carpet production since the great period of Mughal art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. When the carpet industry was revived there under British rule in the nineteenth century, the great Mughal tradition got a new lease on life, accompanied by a new interest in the sorts of classicaly derived designs current in Persian rug production during the same period. Because of this, nineteenth and early twentieth century Agra carpets enjoyed a varied and ecclectic background that could draw on all the great achievements of Oriental carpet weaving. Antique Agra rugs present elegant allover designs alongside medallion or centralized patterns. They have the rich pungent palette of classical Indian and Persian carpets as well as soft, cool earthy tones.

Located in the Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, Agra is most widely recognized for the Taj Mahal, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s mausoleum for his third wife. Less widely known is that it has also been a large center for rug weaving since the 16th century. When Agra first became the Mughal capital in 1566, it too did it establish its presence as a rug weaving center. The Indians themselves had never had much need for large carpets and the craft was introduced relatively late. During the 17th century, a number of skillful Persians were called in to impart their weaving knowledge in India. Large carpet factories were started in Lahore; the patterns as well as the knotting closely resembled Persian work. A number of antique carpets from this time are now found in museums throughout Europe and America. Production of fine rugs continued here through the decline of the Mughal Empire in the 17th century after which most antique Agra rugs were categorized as Indo-Isfahan weavings. Since the end of the 19th century rugs in India have been primarily woven to order and have been made with the finest quality in mind. Although later rugs do derive patterns from their predecessors, the changing style of Agra carpets can be most clearly seen during the British rule of the 19th and 20th centuries. Production ceased after the 1920s but resumed again in more recent times. Now, Agra carpets are considered some of the most decorative pieces internationally.

Antique Agra Rugs are difficult to classify as they vary in size, design, and composition. Although they often exhibit open fields with smaller medallions and guards, they can also be woven with all-over designs. Similarly, the fields are usually composed of olive greens, blues, fawns, and tans, but can also be red or other colors. They are usually woven with wool, but can also be found with cotton. The older Mughal pieces are relatively rare (they are usually found in fragments or are resized and heavily restored) and as such are much more valuable. The weight of an Agra is one telling factor between Mughal Agras and the Agras from the 19th and 20th century; newer Agras are heavier.

It is also difficult to tell Agras apart from other Indian rugs such as Amritsars. Many times dealers will label a piece as an Agra as the connotation is much better than Amritsar, but this is a misnomer. While the definite location of any one piece is hard to distinguish, one can be sure that real antique Agra carpets are fine pieces and great for collectors and designers alike.

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76 Rugs Found in Agra Rugs

Antique Silk and Cotton Indian Agra Rug 41163

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft
          (0.61 m x 0.61 m)
On this elegant antique Agra rug from India, an allover lattice of scrolls encloses rosettes against a deep chocolate ground.

Antique Indian Agra Rug 40886

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 5 ft 8 in
          (1.22 m x 1.73 m)

Sale:

  • $3,250.00
This lovely antique Oriental Agra rug from India has an allover pattern of irregular fine checkers in various reds, browns, blues, greens, and tans repeating endlessly across the field.

Antique Indian Agra Rug 43972

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft
          (1.22 m x 1.83 m)
This stately Agra carpet features a dramatic, flower-filled lozenge medallion in oxidized burgundy flanked by two pronounced pendants.

Rare Antique Silk Indian Agra Rug 47596

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 5 ft 9 in x 6 ft
          (1.75 m x 1.83 m)
This gorgeous antique Agra rug from India is resplendent with its silk threading and its stunning patina, which come together to create an exceptional piece.

Antique Indian Cotton Agra Rug 44380

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft
          (1.22 m x 1.83 m)

Sale:

  • $8,500.00
This stunning Agra rug is woven with an all-over Herati field and complementary borders featuring the split-leaf fish motif.

Antique Indian Agra Rug 3130

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft 8 in
          (1.22 m x 2.03 m)
This antique Oriental Agra rug has a tall, bold tree of life that divides the field into two halves, each of which is filled by medallion-like arrays of vinescrolls in aubergine on a soft gold ground.

Antique Indian Agra Rug 46163

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 6 ft 9 in
          (1.22 m x 2.06 m)
Rendered in a combination of earth tones, this splendid antique Indian rug from Agra features an elegant botanical arabesque set over a plush ivory-colored field.

Antique Indian Agra Rug 2646

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 7 in x 6 ft 9 in
          (1.4 m x 2.06 m)
This lovely little antique Oriental Agra from India is graced with a fine, jewel-like design of closely worked vines and flowers in ivory and soft green.

Antique Indian Agra Rug 46868

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 7 ft
          (1.22 m x 2.13 m)
Evocative of distant cultures and ancient traditions, this antique Indian carpet from Agra depicts a bold selection of tribal symbols and protective devices.

Antique Indian Agra Rug 3398

Style: Agra Rugs
Origin: Indian Rugs
Size: 4 ft 1 in x 7 ft 3 in
          (1.24 m x 2.21 m)
This luscious little antique Oriental Agra rug from India has a relatively small chocolate field that yields center stage to the grand border in red and soft pink with hints of celidon.

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