ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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26. 
a summer carpet
agra
northwest india
circa 1880
244 x 157 cm (8' x 5'2")


Notes: asymmetrically knotted cotton pile on a cotton foundation
The Agra carpets woven with a cotton pile are also known as 'summer carpets', as they were used during the warm months to cool the sublime interiors of the Indian palaces, together with the large cotton flatweaves known as dhurries. This example also shares with dhurries both the limited palette and the lattice work design of stepped lozenges. An elegant understated carpet, this piece offers a refined backdrop for an interior design of minimal colouration.

 



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