Antique Indian Agra Runner Rug 47265
This elegant antique Indian carpet from the northern city of Agra displays oversized palmettes and fluid arabesques arranged in a long, narrow runner-style format.
Antique Indian Agra Hallway Runner Rug, Origin: India, Circa: Final Quarter of the 19th Century – The rugs from India, especially the ones woven in Agra, are known for their superior workmanship and their lustrous wool that picks up the light in the room. The tradition of carpet weaving in Agra dates back to the late 1500’s when an exiled Mogul ruler brought knowledge of the industry and designs of rugs from Persia. Traditional antique Indian carpets are often similar to traditional area rugs from Persia. The artists later developed these traditional designs and used them to create a unique style that sets them apart.
Through the years, the Agra designers adapted contemporary designs so that their antique rugs remained relevant in the world of interior spaces and architectural design. The antique Indian Agra carpets of the early 20th century and late 19th century are equally respected by collectors as those of earlier eras in Indian carpet design, but they show the influence of the major interior design movements of the era. This one reflects an orientalist flavor and would make a gorgeous addition to a Chinoiserie-style room or one that has an Asian flavor.
With its grand scale, regal colors and luxurious decorations, this antique Indian Agra hallway runner rug makes a bold statement in a chic manner. Kingly hues of burgundy, ivory and glaucous blue are expertly worked together in this elegantly styled creation. Soft parchment-tone blossoms and oversized palmettes with crisp contrasting accents scroll across the glaucous field, which displays a stormy monsoon abrash. These grand palmettes have a revolving form and stylistic dominance that dictates the flow of the surrounding ornaments. Saturated burgundy borders encircle the super-sized arabesque and offset its balanced large- and small-scale decorations. Limited colors and complementary floral figures provide continuity between the similarly styled and beautifully colored field and borders, which embody the classical style of India and Agra, its greatest, most famous carpet-weaving city or center.