Extra Large Oversized Antique Agra Rug, Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: 1920 — This expansive, antique Agra carpet holds an understated, yet stark beauty, with each detail established in striking relief. Deep, luxurious navy threads against a sweet, cream field, which darkens the patterns further through the skillful use of contrast. The rug’s predominant border is flanked by two smaller twins, with the thinner frames calling images of descending flower petals to mind. At the center of the piece is a multitude of vase emblems set within the borders, each featuring a flower arrangement sprouting from the ornate structures below. Beautifully detailed blossoms are present throughout this antique rug, which allow the viewer to take in all of the striking visuals and contrasts at their own pace.
The city of Agra is best known as the home of the Taj Mahal and as a center of the rug weaving industry. The history of Agra as a rug weaving center goes back to the 16th century. It is said that the first Mogul Emperor discovered the extraordinary carpets of the Persian courts during a time of exile. He later brought these patterns and designs back to Agra and established the Indian rug weaving tradition. This beautiful piece has several features that make it stand out among Agra rugs.
This piece was created around the 1920s. Although many of the original designs of Agra rugs were inspired by the traditions of Persia, throughout the centuries, the Agra weavers developed their own unique style. They added uniquely Indian elements to the Persian designs to create area rugs that are elegant and refined.
Throughout this rug, you will find remnants of traditional designs that you fine in Persian rugs. For instance, it features elegant vase designs with stylized willow trees. You will also find a stylized rendition of the cypress tree. These elements are a reflection of the Persian roots of the design, but the stylized elements that form the background of the borders and field have a distinctively Indian character.
Agra rug designs are often abstract renditions of Persian ones. Only they are carried out in a way that gives the appearance of ancient designs that have been softened and almost erased by time. This unique design technique distinguishes it from other Oriental rugs.
The artist intentionally created a timeless element in the piece. It reflects Persian traditions, but it is a magnificent and original design on its own. The garden motif allows you to bring a touch of nature to your interior space.
The colors are soft and would blend well with Millennial pink and other subtle shades throughout the space. This piece features graceful lines that will add formality and elegance to any room decor. The colors are subtle enough to allow you to expand the palette of pastels throughout the room. This would be an excellent piece in a classic interior design or to add a classic touch to a Grand Millennial space. Anywhere you decide to use it, this antique rug from India will add a touch of sophistication and grace.