The city of Amritsar, situated in Northwestern India, became a center of Indian rug and carpet weaving in the nineteenth century when the Maharaja Ranjit Singh annexed Kashmir, the flourishing shawl weaving center. The rise of British supremacy in the 1850s along with the Crystal Palace Exhibit in London, captured the attention of the public and sparked the dramatic development of rug production in Amritsar. Under the influence of European rug importers, the establishment of looms and the availability of fine quality wool from sheep raised in nearby mountains and valleys, the rug weavers of Amritsar adapted their traditional carpet designs to correspond with western tastes and European demand. Antique Amritsar rugs and carpets are characterized by large scale patterns featuring millefleurs designs, mythical beasts and Persian inspired florals, in subdued colors including light blues, yellows, teal, burgundies and mauves. The rich heritage and beauty of antique Amritsar rugs continue to make them among the most decorative components of today's interiors.
Size: 17'3'' × 14'3'' Circa: 1900 The city of Amritsar, situated in Northwestern India, became a center of Indian carpet and rug weaving in the nineteenth century when the Maharaja Ranjit Singh annexed Kashmir, the flourishing... Item No: BB5462
Size: 33'4'' × 14'7'' Circa: 1880 This late 19th century Indian Amritsar rug features an elaborate stepped lozenge field with geometric and floral abstractions in beige and blue, and a multi-border perimeter enclosing more... Item No: BB5400
Size: 18'4'' × 14' A unique piece of antique Indian Armitsar rug weaving, this carpet contains an elaborate tableau of all-over floral patterns and arabesques on a field of stunning light blue. The main border is an ornate... Item No: BB5233
Size: 9'4'' × 7'9'' Circa: 1880 This late 19th Century Indian Amritsar rug features a rectangular field of leaf and floral designs along with curlicue abrtractions in purple outline against an oatmeal-beige background. The... Item No: BB5191
Size: 18'4'' × 11'5'' Circa: 1900 An Antique Indian Amritsar Rug with a symetrical design that is mirrored in both directions. Predominately nuetral with a hint of green in the abrashed border. Item No: BB5022
Size: 19'8'' × 13' Circa: 1880 Antique Amritsar rugs are considered to be among some of the most beautiful rugs created during the British colonialist Indian cottage industry rugs marketplace of the era. This artisanal rug... Item No: BB4814