Beautiful Polonaise Design Late 19th Century Antique Indian Agra Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Indian Rugs, Circa Date: Late 19th Century – True to the style of many stunning antique Indian Agra rugs, this masterpiece, which features an antique Polonaise rug design, combines vibrant colors with elegantly flowing floral motifs to create a sophisticated surface that can add impeccable style and grace to any environment. Rich gold, pale yellow, earthy khaki and gentle pink all come together to create a warm and regal color palette. Though the colors are chosen to convey a sunny setting, there is nonetheless enough gentle contrast to create several points of interest between the borders and the activity at the heart of the antique rug itself. The dancing leaves and petals are spaced out in a series of natural arrangements, resulting in an attractive collection of motifs that seem to have been strewn about by the wind. This candid scene conveys an almost intimate degree of secrecy, as if the viewer has stumbled upon a rare sight in the natural world.
Though the design itself is indicative of the patterns seen in the old Safavid rugs and early antique textiles, there is a strong art nouveau feel to this beautiful rug from India. That is mostly due to the more unusual green and purple colors that were used here. The main border, that frames the field, is a continuation of the purple color that we see in the floral sprays of the field. The narrower guard borders create a clear divide between the field and border. It is this juxtaposition that creates an almost three dimensional feel – as though you are stepping down to the field from the raised encompassing border. This beautiful depth ads so much intrigue and interest to this captivating rug from India.
Antique Indian rugs like this one are a testament to skill and capabilities of the weavers and designers in India. People who are buying rugs and want and updated look of one of the more iconic designs that we see in area rugs, especially Persian rugs, this 19th century rug with a 16th century Polonaise design, would be a phenomenal option.