Babak's Oriental Carpets
1 in stock
Size: 9'3" x 6'8"
Agra has been a large center of carpet-making since the period of Mughal art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The carpet industry was revived there while under British rule in the nineteenth century. The Mughal tradition was reestablished, along with an interest in newly derived designs in current Persian rug production during the same period. Because of this, nineteenth and early twentieth century Agra carpets enjoyed a diverse and varied background that drew on all the great traditions of Oriental carpet making. Agra rugs are often beautiful allover patterns, but also incorporate medallion or centralized patterns. The colors used are often that of classical Indian and Persian carpets, occasionally involving earthier tones.
Since the end of the nineteenth century, rugs in India have often been primarily woven to order, and due to this they are constructed to the highest quality. Although later rugs do derive patterns from traditional designs, contemporary Agra carpets have evolved to incorporate newer designs. Production all but disappeared after the 1920s but has made a resurgence again in more recent times. Today, Agra carpets are considered to be some of the most decorative pieces internationally.
Agra rugs are not easy to classify as there are large variations in sizes, designs, and construction. Designs are often open fields with smaller center medallions and borders. They are also at times woven with all-over patterns. Colors used are often greens, blues and beiges but can also be reds along with varying other colors. The piles are usually wool with cotton making up the warp and weft. Over time the pile thickness of Agra carpets has become deeper – older Agras will have a thinner pile.
Price Range and Value:
Medium to Medium High.
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