Antique Agra Rug, Origin: India, Circa: Late 19th Century– A crisply designed pattern of stylized trees arranged in staggered rows unfolds across the jet-black field of this lushly dramatic antique Indian carpet. A closer look reveals that the contours of the trees are made up of densely worked leaves, flowers, and birds. The black ground operates in graphic terms, functioning as little more than a bold, thick outline for the tree forms. The borders adapt the dense floral detail of the trees to a continuous longitudinal format, continuing the palette and design texture of the field, but in a different, contrasting pattern. The deep, pungent color of the carpet is nicely complemented by the rich, velvety texture of the pile.