Antique Indian Amritsar Rug BB4825
Antique Indian Amritsar Rug Description:
Antique Indian Amritsar rugs often had subtle color palettes such as the present example. The beige field and slightly contrasting allover botanical trellis within a light brown floral motif border, are so subtle that the antique carpet would be able to be incorporated easily in a wide variety of interiors.
The city of Amritsar, situated in Northwestern India, became a center of Indian rug and carpet weaving in the nineteenth century when the Maharaja Ranjit Singh annexed Kashmir, the flourishing shawl-weaving center. The rise of the British supremacy in the 1850s, along with the Crystal Palace Exhibit in London, captured the attention of the public and sparked the dramatic development of area rug production in Amritsar. Under the influence of European rug importers, the establishment of looms and the availability of fine quality wool from sheep raised in nearby mountains and valleys, the rug weavers of Amritsar adapted their traditional carpet designs to correspond with western tastes and European demand.