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Antique Agra Oriental Rug Guide

Antique Agra Oriental Rug Guide

Agra rugs are the most highly sought after of the 19th century Antique Indian rugs today. Agra rugs were extremely well made heavy durable rugs and are considered the best of Indian rugs in the post-Mughal period. Not surprisingly since Agra was a major production center for the best of the classical Mughal Carpets.  Agra was the most prominent of the three centers of carpet production and carpet production was founded there by the Empower Akbar grandson of Akbar founder of the Mughal Empire.

Much of the production in the 19th and into the 20th centuries was organized by British and American producers so Agra rugs are a combination of classical Persian, Turkish and Mughal designs. For the same reason all sizes were produced. Agra rugs were the heaviest Indian rug of its day and the pile was longer. Thus creating a long lasting and durable carpet.For these reasons today there are great Antique Agra rugs in large and very large sizes.

An interesting oddity in the market are the Jail carpets.  Many great rugs were woven by prisoners in Agra prisons. These rugs are equal to the best of Agra production and were made under British supervision. When new it was not lawful to import them to the US as any product made in jail was embargoed.  But now they are completely legal and are among the most sought after Aantique Agra rugs. 

Antique Agra Rug
 

Antique Agra Oriental Rug from Nazmiyal
Examples
Taj Mahal Agra India

The Taj Mahal at Agra circa 1890


Agra was the capitol city of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658. It is the site of the Taj Mahal.
Agra is an Administrative district and ccity in the state of Uttar Pradesh India. 
  • A city in India that was an important weaving center since at least Mughal times. There are records at Agra circa of significant production of court carpets in the third quarter of the sixteenth century. Room size Agra carpets had a major resurgence in popularity in the 1990’s.

  • In 1565 Akbar had a small fort built by the Sultan of Delhi Iskandar Lodi knocked down and a larger fort and the town of Akbarabad was built. Agra was the sometime Mughal capitol after that point. It is important to keep in mind that the capitol was where ever the court was and the court followed the emperor so capitals moved. Tillotson Mughal India. Page 71 - 72.

  • India was the primary source of Indigo It was grown near towns such as Bayana near Agra. It remained a major export until being replaced by New World sources in the mid 1800s. (Richards, John F. The Mughal Empire. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Page 197.)

 


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