Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug
Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug Description:
This early 20th century antique Persian Sultanabad rug features an all-over design of dramatic floral patterns and arabesques, as well as geometric abstractions in muted shades of red and blue against a field of the lightest beige. Popular oriental motifs, such as the herati pattern, occur throughout the elegant carpet; corner brackets with complementary floral patterns complete the look. The rugs of Sultanabad (the archaic name for the city of Arak, in northwest Iran) tend to have bold, all-over patterns and softer palettes than their vibrant Persian counterparts. These antique Persian rugs and carpets attracted an immediate following, leading to a demand for oriental carpets from the Sultanabad district. Subsequently, until the early twentieth century a large number of oriental rugs were exported from Persia to both Europe and America. The Ziegler or Sultanabad nomenclature continues to be used in denoting an outstanding antique Mahal rug or carpet from the nineteenth century.