Antique Indian Amritsar Rug BB4685
Antique Indian Amritsar Rug Description:
An Indian Amritsar rug having an open camel field beneath an unusual geometric medallion containing and surrounded by minor stylized floral motifs within a dense floral motif border, which complements the details in the medallion and gives the composition balance.
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 antique rug weavers of Amritsar adapted their traditional carpet designs to correspond with western tastes and European demand.