Antique Indian Rugs

History of Antique Indian Rugs 

Indian carpet weaving was at its height during Mughal dynasty. The earliest Mughal carpets from the 16th century reveal the heavy influence of Persian carpet weaving traditions, which were brought to India by Persian rug weavers. However, by seventeenth century, Mughal rug designs had begun to reflect more Indian motifs and had also become more naturalistic due to the affect that European trade had on the arts of India. Despite the array of influences, the rugs of Agra, Lahore, and Fatehpur Sikri as a whole reflect the Mughals' great respect for and appreciation of nature, along with their high standards of craftsmanship. The steady demise of the Mughal Empire was accompanied by a decline in the production of fine Indian rugs that was only revitalized by the British in the nineteenth century.

While the rugs that were made during the late 19th century in India recall Mughal designs, for the most part, they were finely-knotted interpretations of both classical Indian and Persian designs, often in subtle color palettes to cater to European decorative preferences. The two main cities of late 19th century antique Indian carpet weaving are Agra and Amritsar. While Amritsar rugs are often whimsical, informal and in soft earthy tones, Agra rugs are frequently characterized by their deeper colors and fine weaves.

An Exceptional Collection of Antique Indian Carpets

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An Indian Amritsar rug BB0450
Size: 23'2'' × 12'8'' Circa: 1880
A fine example from our selection of late 19th century Indian Amritsar antique rugs, the camel field with cypresses...
Item No: BB0450
$95,000
An Indian Agra carpet BB3151
Size: 17'7'' × 14'3'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Indian Agra garden carpet, the rich abrashed forest green with a symmetrical trellis overall o...
Item No: BB3151
$145,000
An Indian Amritsar rug BB0852
Size: 16' × 13'9'' Circa: 1890
An early 20th century antique Amritsar carpet, the abrashed beige field with a palmette cloudband and vinery trellis...
Item No: BB0852
$55,000
An Indian Amritsar rug BB2595
Size: 25'10'' × 13'7'' Circa: 1880
A fine example from our collection of late 19th century Indian Amritsar antique rugs of exceptional vitality...
Item No: BB2595
$150,000
An Indian Amritsar carpet BB0905
Size: 18'4'' × 12'1'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century antique North Indian Amritsar carpet, the beige field with staggered floral motifs with four...
Item No: BB0905
$75,000
An Indian Amritsar rug BB5564
Size: 13'5'' × 10'10'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Indian Amritsar antique rug, the dark brown field with a palmette, serrated leaf and flowering...
Item No: BB5564
$70,000
An Indian Amristar Rug ( size adjusted) BB5400
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 botanical patterns. Amritsar rugs and carpets are produced in Amritsar...
Item No: BB5400
$220,000
Indian Amritsar Rug BB5769
Size: 16'9'' × 12'1'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Indian Amritsar rug, the tan field with a palmate, cloud band and flowering vine trellis overall within a brown palmate border.
Item No: BB5769
$80,000
An Indian Amritsar Rug BB5191
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 guard border consists of repeating diamond shapes, also in purple, and a...
Item No: BB5191
$35,000
An Indian Amritsar carpet BB5751
Size: 20'2'' × 13'3'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Amritsar antique rug, the camel field with an allover lozenge lattice pattern.
Item No: BB5751
$90,000
An Indian Amritsar Rug BB5022
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
$90,000
An Indian Amritsar carpet BB5665
Size: 12'8'' × 9'5'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique Indian Amritsar rug, the caramel field with a cream palmette formed medallion...
Item No: BB5665
$28,000
An Indian Amritsar carpet BB5600
Size: 12'9'' × 10'1'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Amritsar antique rug, the abrashed taupe field with an allover trellis design...
Item No: BB5600
$40,000
An Indian Rug BB6020
Size: 13'7'' × 11'7'' Circa: 1920
This striking circa-1920 antique Indian rug consists of a lattice formed by closely-spaced flower shapes in shades of purple, against a field of sienna. Floral motifs prevail throughout the antique carpet, and a border containing scrolling vines and flowers...
Item No: BB6020
$30,000
An Indian Amritsar rug BB5570
Size: 14' × 9'9'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century antique Amritsar carpet from India, the sand field with a spacious overall pattern of floral...
Item No: BB5570
$40,000
An Indian rugBB5669
Size: 16'11'' × 11'2'' Circa: 1900
A fine example from the DLB gallery's collection of early 20th century antique Indian rugs, the cream field...
Item No: BB5669
$18,000
An Indian Amritsar Rug
Size: 15'6'' × 9'9'' Circa: 1900
A finely woven Antique Indian Amritsar. neutral shades of interlocking geometric shapes create an abstract allover design within a floral a...
Item No: BB4881
$38,000
An Antique Indian Amritsar Rug BB5462
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 shawl weaving center. The rise of British supremacy in the 1850s...
Item No: BB5462
$120,000
A North Indian rug BB6035
Size: 27' × 16'5'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique North Indian rug features an elegant all-over design of botanical motifs of trees and flowers flanked by peacocks and exotic birds, sketched in delicate inky blue against a field of gold. The production of antique Indian rugs and carpets...
Item No: BB6035
$180,000
An Indian rug BB5733
Size: 20'7'' × 18' Circa: 1950
A modern mid century rug from North India, the camel field with a trellis of curving feathery leaves and angular tendrils.
Item No: BB5733
$120,000
An Indian Rug BB5777
Size: 20'8'' × 11 Circa: 1920
The circa-1920 antique Indian rug features an all-over design of lozenge latticed palmette patterns. Floral abstractions, arabesques and curviliear shapes appear in shades of blue over a field of rust. An ornate blue border completes the look of this exotic antique...
Item No: BB5777
$100,000
An Indian Agra rug BB5940
Size: 9' × 8'10'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian Agra rug, the pale caramel field with an allover lozenge lattice formed by flowering vines, each lozenge containing floral motifs with ochre accents overall within a condensed palmette and serrated leaf border.
Item No: BB5940
$25,000
An Indian rug  BB5723
Size: 17'1'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Indian rug features an all-over design of a botanical landscape, full of tree abstractions and arabesques, against a field of rust. The faded, soft patina of the carpet is a staple of antique oriental rugs. The production of antique...
Item No: BB5723
$80,000
An Indian Amritsar rug
Size: 11'8'' × 9'8'' Circa: 1900
Antique Indian Amritsar rugs often had subtle color palettes such as the present example. The beige field and slightly contrasting allover...
Item No: BB4825
$45,000
An Indian Agra carpet BB5675
Size: 18'1'' × 17'7'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Indian antique rug, the cocoa field with an allover dense design of palmettes and floral...
Item No: BB5675
$180,000
An Indian Carpet (size adjusted) BB5601
Size: 16'4'' × 11'9''
This antique Indian rug features an all-over design of bold abstract shapes in primary shades of dark and light blue, red and yellow against a floral patterned field. The production of antique Indian rugs and carpets dates from the Mughal period of the late 1520's,...
Item No: BB5601
$65,000
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Size: 13'5'' × 12'10'' Circa: 1880
This circa-1880 antique Indian Agra rug features an elaborate all-over design of floral motifs in gray with sharp brown accents, within a stepped lozenge olive green field. A main border containing arabesques and abstractions in eye-catching splashes of yellow...
Item No: BB5607
$70,000
An Indian Carpet Rug BB5625
Size: 13' × 10'10''
An exquisite antique Indian rug, this piece features floral and leaf-like patterns in beige against a field of light blue. The arabesques and botanical motifs continue in the main border, which is offset by geometric knot designs around its perimeter. The production of...
Item No: BB5625
$60,000
An Indian Agra rug BB5599
Size: 13' × 11'8'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Indian Agra rug, the garnet field with a dynamic allover trellis of cloudbands, palmettes...
Item No: BB5599
$70,000
An North Indian Carpet BB5575
Size: 26'5'' × 15'5'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century antique North Indian rug, the indigo field with an overall restrained trellis design...
Item No: BB5575
$170,000