A Refined Ivory Background Rare Square Size Antique Indian Agra Rug, Country of Origin: India, Circa Date: 1920– This striking antique Indian Agra rug contains numerous traditional elements that exemplify its beauty. Rich green and blue elements stand out against a papyrus background, creating the thematic illusion of beautiful flowers and vines decorating a sandy plain. A single, beautiful border surrounds the sandy core of the antique rug, and the vibrant green space is regularly broken up by pink blossoms and perennials.
At the Indian rug’s center are several curling and flowing petal shapes, their beautiful forms creating distinct lines of motion for the viewer’s eyes to follow. The same patterns are repeated throughout, resulting in an attractive display of movement and color.
The history of rug weaving in Agra goes back to the first ruler of the Mughal Emperor who was exiled to Persia. When he returned, he brought the art of rug weaving back to India, and Agra would go on to become a center for art and industry. Many of their designs were borrowed from some of the finest artistic traditions in the world, only they transformed them into an art form that is unique and now stands out as some of the finest pieces in the world.
Agra built a thriving rug weaving industry on the quality of its work and materials. It also built its business on the ability to recognize emerging trends and to adapt to them.
The beautiful lighter color background, combined with the openness of the design and rare square rug shape, make this antique Indian Agra rug quite the find. The soft wool pile of the rug is extremely soft and luxurious. That is why some mistake it for being a silk pile rug as it has a light and airy feel that is most closely associated with area rugs woven with silk.
When shopping for rugs, especially if you need a square shape, finding a rare and beautiful example such as this larger size ivory color square antique Indian Agra rug would be exciting.