Stunning Antique Indian Agra Rug, Rug Type / Country of Origin: Antique Indian Rugs, Circa Date: 1920s – Antique Agra carpets from India are known for their beauty, artistry, and craftsmanship. These carpets are recognized as highly collectible for their durability and design. This majestic Agra carpet from the 1920s draws on traditional Persian designs that were popular among the Mughal rulers.
The dark background of this Indian carpet highlights the lighter design and brilliant reds found throughout the piece. The carpet has a densely packed design in the field and uses intricate detail. The designs were meant to mimic the carpets produced during the Golden Age of Persian weaving. It is said that these designs were brought back to India by the first Mogul Emperor, who spent time in exile in Persia. He brought the designs back and started the carpet works of Agra.
The design of Agra rugs combines the familiarity of well-known motifs used in Persian carpets with new designs that were introduced by Agra weavers. In Agra carpets, you will often see animals and human figures that are not found in traditional Persian carpets. In this carpet, the design in the border has stylized cloud bands that have a resemblance to abstract interwoven dragons or serpents.
The dyers of Agra became masters of their craft, and you often see designs that use a wide range of colors. This one has a light and airy appearance that comes from the soft pinks, light blues, and hint of lavender throughout the carpet. This is an elegant antique carpet that would lend a classic flavor to any style.