Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet BB3491
Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet Description:
An early 20th century Persian Sultanabad carpet, the sand field with a scrolling flowering vine and serrated leaf pattern overall, within a cocoa palmette and scrolling vine border.
The appeal of Sultanabads to Western eyes is not the result of random chance. In 1883, Ziegler and Co. of Manchester, England, an Anglo-Swiss manufacturer, importer, and distributor of Persian antique carpets, established a persian carpet for sale workshop in Sultanabad, Persia, an area now known as Arak. Intending to export to Europe and the United States of America, Ziegler and Co. employed designers from major Western department stores, such as B. Altman and Co. of New York and Liberty of London, to adapt traditional sixteenth and seventeenth century Safavid designs by making the designs larger in keeping with the style of the early Arts and Crafts movement and made the beautiful rugs themselves larger to fit Western-sized rooms.