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Antique palace size carpet Nr. 42328 Ziegler Sultanabad, ca. 1890 Iran 34.0 x 14.0 feet

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Item Number: 42328
Provenance: Ziegler Sultanabad, ca. 1890
Country of Origin: Iran
Size: 34.0 x 14.0 ft
Made: ca. 1890
Pile: wool
(warp and weft):
Design: floral / medallion
Ground Color: dark blue / navy
Remarks: Oriental design. There is some oxidation (about 5% of the carpet). There is some slight wear. The wear is mostly in the border. You can see the whites of the knotheads in some areas. The wear is about 5% of the carpet. There are some areas of abrash. This uneven coloration is about 10% of the carpet. The quality of the carpet is similar to a Farahan.
This carpet is in perfect condition.
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 170,000

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More about the provenance Ziegler Sultanabad, ca. 1890 | Iran

In 1883 a Swiss man by the name of Ziegler founded an import company in Manchester, England and at the same time a rug manufactory in Sultanabad (today: Arak), Iran. In this manufactory they produced rugs of high quality in beautiful tone in tone pastel colors and allover designs inspired by Mahal and Farahan designs which were made mainly for the European taste. The success and the demand were huge and "Ziegler" became an international trademark and a guarantee for beautiful high quality rugs. Antique Ziegler rugs today reach record breaking auction prices especially in the USA.

This Oriental rug has 3 abrash. The word "abrash" comes from the Persian word for cloud "abr". It is the expression for unwanted color differences in rugs. Mostly they are caused by not having dyed enough wool for the rug so that further wool has to be dyed and creating exactly the same tone of color is nearly impossible, especially with vegetable dyes. Mostly this happens with tribal/nomadic carpets. When washed these differently dyed wools react differently and the initial hardly visible difference in color increases and becomes an abrashe. Some religious people create such color differences in Oriental rugs on purpose in order to grant Allah the exclusive role to create perfect things. In newer productions abrashes are often made in order to give the rug a more authentic antique look.

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