Antique Agra, India, early twentieth centuryThis striking antique Indian Agra is inspired by the Serapi and Bakshaish carpets of Northwest Persia. A bold medallion with massive finials is surrounded by highly abstract floral and geometric motifs in the field. A hexagonal inner medallion is enclosed by a larger lobed one, while large hooked cornerpieces fill the remaining areas. A highly stylized palmette vinescroll border frames the field. But the bold, monumental geometry of this design is wonderfully balanced or softened by the pale, tone-on-tone coloration of the carpet. For all its grand sweep and angular abstraction, the ultimate effect is gentle, cool, and calm, a remarkably decorative piece.
Size: 13 ft 10 in x 16 ft 10 in (4.22 m x 5.13 m)