Articles About Indian Rugs

Indian Rug Articles – Boasting a long and storied history, antique Indian rugs and carpets are among the more intriguing of all antique Oriental rugs.  Beginning with the Mughal Dynasty that ruled India from the sixteenth century, carpet production became an important art form practiced in select regions of the country. Seen as an exotic and faraway land by westerners for centuries, India has long drawn its share of visitors from Europe and elsewhere. As such, many Indian carpets, especially those from early twentieth century Agra, were woven expressly for western consumers. Below, find an educational and informative selection of articles about Indian rugs and carpets.

1. A Guide to Agra Rugs from India

A Guide to Agra Rugs from India

The city of Agra was the Mughal capital from 1566-1569 and again from 1601-1658. A gorgeous and historically important city, Agra is known to most of the world as the home of the 17th century Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The art of fine rug making has been an important tradition in Agra since the Mughal period. [Read More: A Guide to Agra Rugs]


2. History and Evolution of Mughal Rugs

History of Mughal Rugs

The Islamic Mughal empire controlled India from Pakistan and Afghanistan in the west to the Bengal region in the east. The Mughals were such legendary conquerors and emperors the word mogul defines wealth and success. Under Mughal rule, Indian weavers adapted a combination of Islamic and Chinese designs with elements that are uniquely Indian for more than 300 years. [Read More: History and Evolution of Mughal Rugs]


3. A History of Agra Rugs and Carpets

History of Agra Rugs

Located in the Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, Agra is most widely recognized for the Taj Mahal, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s mausoleum for his third wife. Less widely known is that it has also been a large center for rug weaving since the 16th century. [Read More: History of Agra Rugs]


4. The History of 17th Century Gallery Mughal Indian Carpet 47597

The History of 17th Century Gallery Mughal Indian Carpet 47597

Learn more about this rare and magnificent 17th century antique Mughal carpet from India. [Read More: The History of 17th Century Gallery Mughal Indian Carpet 47597]


5. The Beauty of Antique Mughal Indian Carpets

The Beauty of Antique Mughal Indian Carpets

When the fourth Mughal emperor Shah Jehan built the Taj Mahal to house the tomb of his favorite empress Mumtaz Mahal, he probably didn’t imagine that it would still be standing five centuries after his death as the greatest monument ever built. [Read More: The Beauty of Antique Mughal Indian Carpets]