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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Indian  Rug BB6139
Size: 16'8'' × 12'10'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Indian rug.
Item No: BB6139
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
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
An Indian Amritsar Rug BB3314
Size: 18'9'' × 17'4'' Circa: 1880
This is a stately and awe-inspiring Indian Amritsar rug. The central medallion showcases a dazzlingly ornate and intricate millefleur style design of woodland animals and stylized plant designs. The guard border and main border, visually inhabited by interlocked...
Item No: BB3314
Size: 20'2'' × 16'3'' Circa: 1880
A late 19th century Indian Amritsar antique rug, the dark brown field with a palmette, serrated leaf and flowering.
Item No: BB5726
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
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
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
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
Indian Amritsar Rug BB5779
Size: 14'9'' × 9' Circa: 1900
@ABCAn early 20th century Indian Amritsar carpet with an all over beige back ground and a brown central medallion.
Item No: BB5779
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
A North Indian rug BB6024
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
An Indian Amritsar Rug BB5233
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 rectangular perimeter containing more botanical patterns against a...
Item No: BB5233
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
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
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
A North Indian rug BB5982
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
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
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
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
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
An Indian Dhurrie Rug BB5895
Size: 15' × 8'2'' Circa: 1940
This circa 1940 antique Indian Dhurrie rug consists of a main field of chartreuse, with abstract diamond patterns appearing throughout. A gray main border completes the modern yet simultaneously traditional look of the antique carpet. A Dhurrie is a flat-woven...
Item No: BB5895
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
An Indian Amritsar Rug BB5067
Size: 25'9'' × 14'8'' Circa: 1900
Antique Indian Amritsar rug. An Intricate pattern creates an overall lace design. Rendered in various shades of nuetrals for a tone on tone effect.
Item No: BB5067
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
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
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
An Indian Dhurrie Rug BB5815
Size: 21'9'' × 15'9'' Circa: 1940
This circa-1940 vintage Indian Dhurrie rug features an all-over design of sharp geometric, linear abstractions in green and red, with stylized flowers in purple appearing throughout against a field of neutral yellow. Minimalist and simple, the flat-weave rug...
Item No: BB5815
Indian  Rug BB6090
Size: 18'8'' × 15'5'' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Indian rug.
Item No: BB6090
An Indian Amritsar Rug BB4996
Size: 17'7'' × 14'6'' Circa: 1880
A Late 19th Century Indian Amritsar Rug with a floral and vine design finely woven in a subtle tone on tone neutral...
Item No: BB4996