Beautiful Large Antique Indian Agra Rug, Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: 1880 – The gorgeous brown tones of this earthy, Agra rug from the 1880s are an excellent piece to add charm to any space that is large enough to accommodate it. Agra rugs hold a special place in the world of rug history, and this one will add a formal touch to your estate or a public space. It adds warmth and a soft feel underfoot.
The rug industry in Agra has been around since the first Mughal Emperor brought the designs and patterns back from Persia during a period of exile. Many early rugs mimicked those created for the courts of the Safavid Dynasty. You see many patterns and color combinations that are also found in Persian rugs of the time. Over the years, Agra weavers began to develop their own unique style that distinguishes them from traditional Persian designs.
The backgrounds of the rugs began to become more complex, and many of the traditional motifs took on a more abstract quality. This rug is an all-over pattern with the six-pointed star motif as the focal point. You can see hints of acanthus leaves, cloud bands, and lotus flowers. If you look closely, you will see that the cloud band ornamentation around the central motifs is a cobra, a snake associated with India. You will often see animals associated with India in Agra rugs, which is one of the distinguishing characteristics.
Around the 1880s, the Persian rug industry underwent a revival, and an attempt was made to revive many of the traditional patterns from centuries past. The Indian rug industry underwent a similar revival, only the designs were transformed to suit the tastes of a modern clientele. One of the changes is in the color palettes. The high-contrast reds and blues were replaced by softer, more subdued colors, such as the tone-on-tone design of this rug.
Rugs of this size were often commissioned rather than produced for the mass market. This rug is a unique find and has many qualities that make it stand out as a fine collectible. It will give the room an elegant touch that is perfect for a room with vaulted ceilings, large windows overlooking the landscape, and marble fireplaces. Our team will be happy to answer any of your questions about this, or any of the other fines pieces at our gallery.