Antique Agra rug, late nineteenth century - While many nineteenth-century carpets strive to evoke the rich and elegant detail of classical Persian and Mughal design, few actually capture it with the skill and authenticity of this sumptuous antique Agra. Brilliantly detailed palmettes and cloudbands dance alongside fine vines and birds in this magnificent ornamental evocation of the natural world. But however beautiful the field may be, it must share the stage with the spectacular cartouche border, and together they rival the classical forerunners that were their inspiration. Even the palette is faithful to such models with its saturated reds, greens, lavenders, and saffrons.
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