Antique Agra, India, late nineteenth centuryWhile antique Agra carpets often adapt the designs of the classical Indian rug repertoire, this incomparably beautiful example is derived from the great blossom carpets of classical Persian and Caucasian tradition. Here the complex allover repeat pattern consists of a network of fine vines that link classical ‘flame’ palmettes in red, with oblong horizontal rosette-palmettes in ivory, and diagonal cream colored ‘Harshang’ palmettes sprouting red blossoms reminiscent of crab claws. The rich palette is set dramatically against a blue-black ground that silhouettes the main elements in brilliant contrast. The border of red and ivory flowering palmettes on a creamy yellow ground provides the perfect frame in counter-contrast, accented by red-ground vinescroll minor borders. A truly stunning homage to classical carpet design.
Size: 15 ft 07 in x 17 ft 10 in (4.75 m x 5.44 m)