Shawl Rug, India, Early 20th Century – This exquisite antique Indian shawl features a stately ebony octofoil medallion surrounded by graceful foulard motifs and branching shrubs that are flanked by elegant brackets resembling the iconic form of the classic cloudband. Flourishing tendrils and superfluous curves gracefully flow together creating a multitude of secondary patterns with perfect symmetry. The intricately patterned field features layers of supreme details and minute patterns that take on a homogenous, marbled appearance. Blocky borders broken into contrasting squares depict fluid S-hooks and flourishing Mehndi-style floral patterns embellished with hairline details. Created circa 1920, this exceptional antique shawl from India depicts exuberant floral motifs rendered in a delicate color scheme that is augmented by ebony accents and soft white details, which create a pleasing, low-chroma result.