Antique Indian Amritsar Rug BB5660

Antique Indian Amritsar Rug Description:

An early 20th century antique Amritsar rug, the field with a design of linked red and blue ornaments overall within a beige boteh and palmette border.

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 amritsar rug production in Amritsar. Under the influence of European rug for sale  importers, the establishment of looms and the availability of fine quality wool from sheep raised in nearby mountains and valleys, the antique rug weavers of Amritsar adapted their traditional carpet designs to correspond with western tastes and European demand.

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