Antique Persian Mahal and Sultanabad Rugs
|From the mid 19th-century onward, Persian Sultanabad rugs were exclusively made for the European market. They often favored the bold floral designs with spacious patterned Rugs. All rugs and carpets from this period were exclusively made with pure and natural dyes. Dark red, blue, soft green, gold, and ivory are the typical colors. Warps, foundation, and wefts are cotton, and the pile is wool. The wool of the Sultanabad rugs is hand spun usually from the weaver's own sheep. The rugs are woven using asymmetrical Turkish knots to tie each loop one by one. Besides using wide and bold borders, Sultanabad rugs had designs based on small repeating floral patterns as well as all-over large scale lattice vine patterns. Sultanabad rug designers simplified the designs by creating a special work of art with unique character. Foreign companies as well as local merchants adopted a similar system, causing Sultanabad carpets to become carpets of the highest decorative value, even today by both interior designers and the discriminating collector. Therefore, Sultanabads have great value in any condition, often favored for their bold floral designs with spacious patterns.
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