Antique Silk and Wool Indian Agra Hunting Rug 3450
Woven circa 1910, this fantastic pictorial rug from Agra depicts exotic animals, archers and huntsmen defined by minute outlines and contrasting accents in ebony and ivory set over an elegant saffron-yellow field.
Fabulous Soft Washed Out Silk and Wool Hunting Design Antique Indian Agra Rug, Country / Origin: India, Circa / Carpet’s Date: 1910’s – Created in Agra, this stunning Indian hunting rug features an outstanding rendering of a classic scene depicting the ultimate royal sport. Hand knotted with a luxurious combination of silk and wool, this beautiful rug features a fantastical scene filled with stately horsemen and hunters, who are pursuing animals on foot. Hairline details accentuate the outlines of the savage beasts and meek game animals as well as the detail-rich flora that complete the vivid hunting scene. Obscure midnight blue borders decorated with serrated palmettes, detailed animals, reposed mystics and angelic winged figures continue the sophisticated pairing of saffron yellow and inky blue that colors the field. This antique Indian Agra rug is quite breathtaking and the silk highlights really give it an unexpected yet impressive artistic impact. It is in magnificent overall condition and the weave is extremely fine.
Based on the hunting scene rugs and designs that we first see in the early Persian rugs, this antique silk and wool rug from India is beautiful later example of the iconic design. During the 16th century, Shah Abbas made an effort to elevate the Persian arts and society. This was known as the “Golden Age of Persian Weaving.” It was during this time that formal schools were established to create area rugs and carpets for the Royal Courts and public spaces. This elevation of the arts also included calligraphy, bookbinding, and mosaic work, which influenced the rug designs of the time.
Few antique rugs from the 16th century still exist, but modern designers continued to use the scenes from this era as inspiration. The style of the artwork is reminiscent of Persian miniature paintings during the time of Shah Abbas and Suleiman the Magnificent. It shows a wide range of plant and animal life, and a high level of detail that comes together to create a beautiful piece.
This fine and artistic modern and antique Indian rug makes a beautiful addition to a rooms that feature glass top tables or for placing in front of a contemporary sofa. It is a fascinating piece that will make an excellent addition to your collection in addition to elevating the beauty of your interior design.