Gorgeous Antique Art Nouveau Indian Amritsar Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Indian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – Amritsar is located in the northwestern corner of India in the Kashmir region. This splendid Art Nouveau carpet has is elegant and sophisticated in its use of color and design. It was produced around the turn of the 20th century and is an excellent example of this new artistic form of expression that was at the height of popularity at the time.
The Art Nouveau movement began in the last 1800s as a response to the former realistic styles that dominated the earlier decades. Art Nouveau drew inspiration from the intersection of the natural and manmade worlds. It often combined the free-flowing forms found in nature with geometric linear forms, as you can see in this carpet. The colors were often in muted greens, blues, yellows, and browns.
Although carpet makers in Amristar produced traditional oriental carpets that have a distinctive style, they also produced carpets that used European design principles and were intended for the European market. This carpet is a prime example of such a carpet.
This antique Indian carpet has a royal feel with the deep burgundy and brown hues that represent the Art Nouveau movement. Throughout this carpet, you will find typical Art Nouveau motifs and themes such as the wings, sun, and stylized florals. The center medallion seems to be superimposed on the background rather than integrated into it. This is also a common characteristic of the Art Nouveau style.
These carpets were created to complement the Art Nouveau style of architecture that was becoming common in cities such as Paris and New York. This antique carpet would make the perfect addition to a historical Art Nouveau building. The Art Nouveau style is meant to be elegant and modern. The artist who created this piece captured the essence of the movement to create a rare piece that shows the splendor and decadence of the time.
As a historical piece, this is an essential for the collector, as it is a perfect example of the Art Nouveau movement. As an interior design piece, it will bring a vintage feel to the space and lend its sophistication and formality to the interior design. It begs to be displayed in a room with large Greco-Roman columns and an expansive, open feel. This is a rare find and a perfect example of the movement that would eventually evolve into Art Deco.