This circa-1940 antique Indian Dhurrie runner rug features an all-over design of repeating rectangular geometric abstractions in shades of yellow-green against a field of multicolored stripes. The striking linear character of the antique runner carpet speaks to its value as a hand-woven textile from a rich rug-making tradition. A Dhurrie is a flat-woven cotton rug from India. In the twentieth century, these antique flat-woven Indian rugs began to be recognized and lauded as a significant art form from the Indian subcontinent. Transcending social boundaries, the Dhurrie carpet was used by both commoner and royalty; at its simplest it was a multi-purpose textile used as a floor covering, bedding or packaging, while at its most elaborate it was woven with the finest fibers and enhanced by gold-wrapped thread when gracing royal palaces.

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