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.
Size: 21'5'' × 14'5'' Circa: 1900 An early 20th century North Indian antique carpet, the abrashed camel field with a graceful allover design of cypresses and flowering trees within a camel millefleur and rosette border. Item No: BB6024
Size: 24'8' × 14' Circa: 1920 A North Indian rug, the abrashed camel field with a lush overall design of flowering trees with aubergine accents within a camel border dominated by a scrolling aubergine vine. Item No: BB5982
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... Item No: BB5940
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... Item No: BB5777
Size: 23'2'' × 15'7'' Circa: 1920 This circa-1920 antique North Indian rug features an all-over design of beige floral motifs and vines against a field of abrashed forest green. The faded patina of the carpet is a classic... Item No: BB5734
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... Item No: BB5723
Size: 8'9'' × 5'5'' Circa: 1920 @ABC A vintage dhurrie rug with a Rorschach like blue pattern in a subdued shade of light blue scattered allover a honey background, with a double border in sharp navy. Item No: BB5717
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... Item No: BB5625