4.2 x 6.10 Antique Sultanabad Rug, Herati Design, Central Persia, Circa 1890
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Small antique Sultanabad rugs are found less frequently than their room size counterparts. This antique Sultanabad rug was probably produced by the Anglo-Swiss firm Ziegler and Co., who began producing rugs and carpets in the central Persian province of Sultanabad circa 1883.
Antique Sultanabad rugs and carpets have a more pliable weave and lighter handle than the Sarouk Fereghan carpets that were also produced in Sultanabad Province. While they are less finely woven than Sarouk Fereghan carpets, as well, they are renowned for their decorative qualities, rivaled perhaps only by antique Tabriz carpets and antique Bakshaish carpets as the most decorative Persian carpets woven during the Revival period in the last quarter of the 19th century.
This small Sultanabad rug has the hallmarks of Ziegler production, including the sky blue field and the weave.
This Sultanabad rug is in exceptionally generally condition, needing only minor restoration.