The gorgeous fiery reds and oranges of this oversized Agra rug are reminiscent of a beautiful sunset and will create a warm glow in your space. The rug was produced in Agra, India around the year 1900 and is an excellent example of the artistry of rugs from this region. It would make a magnificent addition to your collection, estate, or public display.
Agra rugs have a fascinating history that goes back to the time of the early Moguls. The legend goes back to 1530. At that time Persian was what has come to be called the “Golden Age of Persian Weaving.” During this time, Persian carpets represented a lucrative business that had captured the attention of the world.
It is said that the first Mogul Emperor spent some time exiled in Persia. While there, he became fascinated with these beautiful pieces. He brought the techniques and skills back to India when he returned. In 1584, the third Mogul Emperor began construction of the Taj Mahal. Records indicate that at this time, Persian craftsmen were invited to India to establish the carpet industry in the region.
This is why you will find many stylistic features of Persian carpets in pieces created in Agra. Over time, Indian weavers adapted these designs and created a unique style. You will often find plants and animals that are indigenous to India, but in other cases, Agra rugs can be difficult to distinguish from Persian carpets.
This is a splendid example of a carpet that borrows its design almost directly from Persian carpets. The floral elements and features are almost identical to pieces from Tabriz and the surrounding areas. One of the key clues that it is from Agra is the color palette. You would expect to see high levels of contrast between the background and design elements in a Persian carpet. This is a breathtaking piece that will make the perfect addition to your collection. You should feel free to contact us with any questions about this or any of the other fine rugs in our collection that interest you.