ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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24. 
agra carpet
northwest india
circa 1870
243 x 180 cm (8 x 511)


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
The floral pattern that decorates this refined Agra is quite typical of 17th century Indian carpets. A group of these early carpets with repeating blossoming shrubs was commissioned during the Mughal Empire's rule for the palace at Jaipur. The organic floral rendition seen in these pieces soon became a trademark of Mughal weavings, and is seen on a number of textiles of the same period. The restrained palette used in this rare small Agra gives it a precious, jewel-like quality. The ivory border consisting of freehand arabesques effectively balances the directional pattern of delicately drawn flowering shrubs on an ivory background. The ruby red accents in the floral details impart a unique rhythm to the composition. The magical equilibrium seen here summarizes why the best Agras are among the most desirable weavings in the antique carpet market.
Bibliography: D. Walker, Flowers Underfoot - Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era, New York 1997. I. Bennett, Jail Birds - An Exhibition of 19th Century Indian Carpets, London 1987.

 



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