Beautiful Floral Antique Room Size Indian Agra Rug, Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: 1880 – This magnificently beautiful rug would at first appear to be Persian or perhaps even a French rug, but if one examines it in person, they will see that it is undoubtedly a great antique Indian Agra carpet. In the 1880’s, the popularity of Oriental and Persian rugs found their way into formal Victorian interior design. During this time, many cities began producing carpets that were not previously known as centers for weaving and the arts. Antique Indian Agra carpets rose to popularity and became highly sought after as some of the most beautiful carpets in the world.
One of the characteristics that makes antique rugs from Agra unique is that the area was influenced by different traditions and cultures. This carpet closely resembles a Persian carpet design. It has the formal elements that one would find in a Persian all over design. The motifs are also stylized similarly to a Persian carpet. It has vertical symmetry, giving it a formal feel. However, the design elements are more densely packed than one would typically find in a Persian rug, and the design lacks the precision that one usually expects from Persian carpets of this type.
This is a room sized rug and took many hours to complete. One of the unique characteristics of this carpet is that the field of the carpet appears to widen as it moves towards the top. The reason for this is not known, but it is a distinguishing characteristic that lets you know each knot was tied by hand. It may be that the weaver was creating the carpet by memory, or that several different levers help to create this rug, as is often the case. These characteristics let you know that this antique Oriental rug was created by hand and gives it a unique, one of a kind quality for which Agra rugs are known.
Agra carpets were considered to be high quality and were highly desirable export items in Europe and America. The design of this carpet is delicate and refined. The colors are soft, and it will add a fresh and sophisticated touch to the interior design.