Fascinating Antique Ziegler Sultanabad Carpet, Rug Type / Country of Origin: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1900s – This spectacular piece is a Ziegler Sultanabad carpet from the turn of the 20th century. Sultanabad is a city in west-central Persia that has been a major carpet production center since the 1500s. Sultanabad carpets are traditionally known for their beautiful colors and designs that give the piece a breathtaking, transcendent quality. However, this carpet is even more special and has a unique story to tell.
During the last quarter of the 19th century, several carpet designers decided to revive the once-famous carpet workshops of the Renaissance. The plan was a success, and they developed a lucrative market exporting their designs to Europe and the United States. The new designs, based on centuries-old traditions, found their way into many fine Victorian homes and estates.
In the 1870s, Ziegler and Co. of Manchester, England, put up some venture capital to subsidize unique one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces for export to England and France. The designs of these rugs had a distinctive style and unique colors that could be distinguished from the traditional, local Sultanabad carpets. They typically had a finer weave that allows for a more intricate design. They also used allover patterns and more delicate color combinations than local rugs.
Ziegler Sultanabads were based on traditional Persian carpet designs, but they were made to suit a Western taste. They often used patterns that have design proportions that appear to be of a larger scale than would appear to be suitable for the overall size of the rug.
The gorgeous blue background of the carpet is reminiscent of the garden reflecting pools that once graced the gardens and courtyards of the Persian court. It is based on a traditional Persian design, but the colors are more subtle, much as you would expect from a Ziegler Sultanabad, but not as bright as carpets produced for the local market.
This carpet is inspired by traditional Persian motifs and is an allover design. The scale of the design in the field appears to be much larger than you would expect, which makes the carpet appear to be larger. It would also make the room look larger, too. At first, the carpet appears to be a medallion carpet, but the largest motif is off-center, and the other formal elements of a medallion carpet are not present.
In this carpet, you might notice stylized motifs, such as flowers and shells, that are similar to those found in Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs. This is a European adaptation of a traditional Persian design. This is a magnificent piece that would be the perfect addition to a formal design or a contemporary space. It has an elegant character and will transform the room with its beautiful colors and design.