Antique Persian Sultanabad Rug BB5926
This circa-1880 antique Persian Sultanabad rug features an all-over design of enlarged flowerheads, floral sprays and vinery against a red field, contained within an abrashed sea blue herati border. The herati pattern is a common motif of Oriental rug weaving and is usually a flower centered in a diamond framed by diagonal leaves. In the late 19th century the city of Sultanabad (now Arak in northwest Iran) was a center of high-quality rug production. With striking all-over patterns and more muted palettes than those of Persian counterparts, antique Persian Sultanabad rugs and carpets inspired an immediate following and created unabated demand for Oriental carpets from the Sultanabad district. In the present day, the style of this group of Persian antique rug weavings is still regarded as the most appealing to European and American taste. The Ziegler or Sultanabad nomenclature continues to be used in denoting an outstanding antique Mahal rug or carpet from the nineteenth century.
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