Large Antique Indian Carpet, Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: First Quarter of the Twentieth Century – Richly decorated and precisely woven, this charming Indian carpet exhibits a lovely design that contrasts dramatically from the borders to the field. First, the proportion of border size to field size is much higher in this antique Indian carpet than is necessarily typical; indeed, the borders comprise more than half of the entire composition from end to end, with inner and outer borders framing a very large primary border. The outermost border is a large strip that runs along the perimeter of the carpet, very simply decorated with a repeating pattern of blue lines and curves. Next is the primary border, the ornamentation of which is simple and given ample space to unfold. A subsequent inner border is a simple, unadorned stripe, while the next and final border features a repeating pattern with floral details. Within the field, a complex, allover pattern of tree and floral details dominates, soft brown on faded blue. Compared to the sparsely adorned borders, this area is especially complex; thus, both parts of the rug stand out from one another especially beautifully.