12' 10" x 23' 5"
Circa 1920
North India
Ref no. 1998
Agra #1
Agra - 12' 10" x 23' 5"
After more than a century of British rule, rug production in India experienced a great period of revival, as it did in contemporary Persia. Initially this revival began with a return to the great classical traditions of the Safavid and Mughal court carpets, and this stunning antique Indo-Tabriz brings to life once more the magnificent ‘Vase Carpets’ produced in seventeenth-century Kerman in Persia. The blue-ground field has an elaborate allover lattice of vines sprouting richly detailed palmettes and stylized ‘vases’ which have given this design its name. The remaining areas are filled with fine millefiori floral detail. The rust-ground border has a palmette vinescroll pattern rendered again with tiny millefiori as a complement to the field. Like the prototypes that inspired it, this is a carpet suited to the most elegant of homes.