A late 19th century antique Agra carpet with exceptional colours. A deep red background with stunning large floral palmettes and smaller floral designs. Rich greens and muted greys and pale blues complete the palette on this remarkable early Agra carpet. Dating from 1870-1880 the condition is very good with a think wool pile on the majority of this large carpet. The black/brown border colour has corroded in many places which happens due to the dyes age and the oxidation that occurs. Antique Agra carpets are known to be tough, durable and decorative carpets and during the mid to late 19th century their weaving was at its height and produced outstanding carpets of this calibre. A rare and exceptional carpet over 140 years old.
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The Indian city of Agra in the late 19th century was an area where carpet weaving began to excel, as carpets and rugs were comissioned for the western market. Persian designs were used, but like Ziegler carpets the designs were generally enlarged to show beautiful palmettes and vines with mainly reds, purples, greens and ivory as the predominant colours. From the 16th century, during the Mughal Empire carpet weaving was influenced by the Persian weavers which resided in Agra, India. Designs on Agra carpets vary considerably, but Persian floral motifs from Tabriz and Ziegler were often used. The British revival in the 19th century bought back the production of oriental rugs after the collapse of the Mughal Empire due to high demand for export.