One-of-a-kind Oversized Antique Indian Amritsar Handmade Wool Rug BB6812 16'3" × 20'2" $150,000
This circa-1880 Amritsar antique Indian 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.
A specialist rug dealer in oriental and western rugs and carpets, Doris Leslie Blau’s impressive collection of antique rugs include rare Turkish, Persian and Indian masterpieces, many of which date back to the Medieval Age. Some of these rugs for sale in New York are so rare that no more than a few exist in the entire world.
One-of-a-kind Oversized Antique Indian Amritsar Handmade Wool Rug BB6812