Antique Indian Amritsar Carpet BB5665

Antique Indian Amritsar Carpet Description:

A late 19th century antique Indian Amritsar rug, the caramel field with a cream palmette formed medallion and floral vinery trellis overall within a cream palmette trellis 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 antique carpet 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 area rug weavers of Amritsar adapted their traditional carpet designs to correspond with western tastes and European demand.

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