This circa-1880 antique Indian Amritsar rug features a stunning design of palmette, serrated leaf and floral motifs in electrifying colors of pink, red, green and yellow standing out in bold contrast against a field of dark blue. Outside the guard border, the elaborate arabesques and botanical patterns continue over a pale beige background. The boteh shape, a staple of oriental carpets, can be glimpsed throughout. A pear-shaped figure characteristic of the paisley pattern, the boteh may represent a leaf or a pinecone. Amritsar (meaning "the lake of immortality" in Sanskrit) is a city in the northwest of India near the Kashmir region. The weavers of this city's tradition created unique textiles in part because they had not developed a distinctive style of rug-weaving as early as other Indian counterparts. While regions of southern and western India began weaving Persian-influenced rugs during the Mughal era, the weavers of Amritsar looked to the sensibilities of the West.