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Antique palace size carpet #43189 Sarouk India 29.0 x 15.0 feet

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Item Number: 43189
Provenance: Sarouk
Country of Origin: India
Size: 29.0 x 15.0 ft
Made: ca. 1920
Pile: wool
Foundation
(warp and weft):
cotton
Design: floral / allover
Ground Color: old red
Remarks: perfect condition. This piece has been dyed with vegetable dyes only.
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 55,000

Estimated delivery time:
4 - 8 working days

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More about the provenance Sarouk | India

Back in the time of 3000 B.C. India already had a blossoming culture. The Indian art has been influenced by the three main religions of the time: Buddhism, Chainism and Hinduism. The significance of the Mogul Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) for the Indian art of rugs is similar to the role of Shah Abbas for Persian rug culture. He was a patronizer of the fine arts and particularly dedicated himself to the Oriental rug. Mogul Emperor Akbar had numerous carpet makers come over from Persian Isfahan and established imperial manufactories in which high quality noble rugs have been made, which reached highest Persian standards. Shah Jahangir (1605-1627) carried on the the pioneer works of his predecessor and an own Indian style began to emerge. Indian rugs of today mostly orientate themselves at Persian designs, with partly astonishing results. In this case it is an Indian rug with a beautiful Persian Saruk design.

This Oriental rug has been treated with a "Noble Finish" wash. This wash includes not only the actual cleaning of the carpet but also its processing (ennobling) which represents an increase in the Oriental carpet's value. By this special technique a soft and silky feel and shine are added to the carpet. This washing technique requires experience and skill since otherwise carpets could easily be damaged by it. In this case the washing was implemented perfectly.

The wool of this rug has been dyed with vegetable dyes only which became very rare in Oriental rugs. Since ca. 1850 synthetic dyes found their way into carpet production. Ever since they replaced natural vegetable dyes more and more also due to the fact that the production of vegetable dyes is very time consuming and difficult. But the "aura of genuineness" can be reached to its full extent with vegetable dyes only. Vegetable dyes are made from leaves, flowers, branches, fruits and roots. They give Oriental rugs a particularly harmonic look. In general Oriental rugs "age" better and more beautifully with vegetable dyes than with synthetic dyes plus they increase a carpet's value. Most of today's production is made with synthetic dyes which makes this rug an even more desirable piece. Unfortunately many rugs in the market are being labelled as being vegetable dyed which in many colors is simply not true which damages the reputation of the carpet industry altogether.

In Europe the term for this kind of Sarouk is "American Sarouk". Of course "American" rugs are not made in America, they are re-imports from America to Europe. In the beginning of the 20th century up to the 1930s, certain rugs were made specifically for the American market and taste which had of course common characteristic designs and colors. These were apparently also much appreciated by Europeans which can be seen by their high popularity to this day.



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