Magnificent and Impressive Black and Red Antique Persian Ziegler Sultanabad Rug, Origin: Persia, Circa: Late 19th Century – Ziegler Sultanabad rugs have a special place in carpet history and make an elegant addition to a traditional or contemporary room. This gorgeous piece was created in the late 19th century and is an excellent example of why these carpets are so highly collectible. Sultanabad has a history of producing unique designs that have exquisite colors and designs, but in the latter portion of the 19th century, they underwent a transformation.
In the latter part of the 19th century, a group of artists attempted to restore the Persian carpet industry to the former glory during the Renaissance. They were largely successful, and Persian carpets once again became familiar and treasured pieces in homes throughout Europe and America. This popularity caught the eye of Ziegler & Co. of Manchester, England, and they decided to establish a carpet works in Sultanabad. Their intention was to produce commissioned pieces for export to France and England.
It was at this time when Sultanabad carpets underwent a transition in design to suit the tastes of the intended market. Ziegler Sultanabads are often of fine weave and feature either traditional medallion or all over designs. They use traditional Persian motifs that were often created on a larger scale than in traditional Persian designs. They are also distinguished by differences in the use of color.
This Ziegler Sultanabad is an excellent example of the designs and colors used in these collectible pieces. The carpet relies on the colors that are used in classic Sultanabads; only their placement creates a more subdued appearance. The border and scale of the designs are large when compared to the overall area of the carpet. This will translate into creating the appearance of spaciousness in the room.
This antique carpet uses rich colors and a balanced design that is based on a central medallion. Throughout the piece, you can find traditional Persian motifs such as the boteh and abstract renditions of classic Persian motifs. This piece is elegant and would easily fit into a contemporary room to create a classic look, or perhaps to add color and contrast to a Boho chic room.