Breathtaking and Rare Antique Indian Agra Oriental Rug, Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: 1900 – Agra carpets hold a special place in the world of carpet design. This carpet from around the turn of the 20th century has a delicate and refined feel. You will also find Persian motifs and symbols throughout the rug, but the medallion design also has a distinctly Indian character. This is one of the key qualities that make Agra rugs unique, and it gives clues to their history and development.
It is said that the art of pile carpet weaving came to India after the first Mogul Emperor spent some time in exile in Persia. He was so enamored by the beauty of the Persian rugs and impressed by the lucrative financial opportunities that they offered that he brought the art and patterns back to India. This is why you often see Persian symbols and motifs in the rugs, but over time, the rugs of Agra developed their own character that is a blend of borrowed Persian traditions and a style that is uniquely Indian.
Agra rugs are often busier and have more delicate designs than their Persian counterparts. They also tend to have softer colors that create a calm and balanced feel. This gorgeous piece is on the warm side of the palette with a few earthy browns and delicate blues for accent. This antique carpet has the symmetry and precision in design that points to its production in a city. Pieces like this were often commissioned for noblemen and rulers.
The weave of the carpet is exceptionally fine to allow such intricate detail. This carpet has an almost ethereal quality in its design and colors. It is a breathtaking piece that would be the perfect addition to a room with traditional décor. However, designers are also using traditional carpets in modern spaces to create a soft appearance and to tone down the lines. This piece will give the room a gracious and refined feel that is the perfect touch for a traditional or contemporary space.