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Agra Indo Aubusson Rug

Brief History of Agra Agras are desired for a certain look of age, rarity and the unique characters portrayed in them. For these reasons the Agra pieces are chosen by many collectors over several other Persian rugs. The town of Agra roughly twenty miles from Indo Pakistan border, produced some of the most collectable and desired rugs of all times. In the nineteenth century, the traditional deep indigo gave way to more subtle earth tones of coral, ivory, gray, and oleteenth century, the traditional deep indigo gave way to more subtle earth tones of coral, ivory, gray, and olive green. Frequently used as coverings for the floors of mosques, these large rugs also lent themselves to the export trades. During the Mughal period India reached the highest achievement in architecture, painting, and the art of carpet making. Many beautiful carpets were made by the Royal Ateliers. Often the Emperors themselves participated in weaving these rugs and specifying the colors and gave prizes for the best pieces, thus promoting the art of rug making. A few of these rugs are still around in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. One of the main reasons for these rugs to be considered beautiful and valuable are the colors used which are extracted from vegetables, rocks, fish, shell, etc. Different qualities of thin and thick wool is dyed and used in making these rugs to achieve a third dimension of movement in the pattern - the leaves sort of twisted side ways in the wind, the large flowers swaying in the air. These rugs are highly durable because of the type of wool used and the density of the thick pile. On an average theyweigh 50% more than other carpets. These carpets are modern antiques, the main difference with the old antique are the wear and tear, high prices and available sizes in good condition. These modern masterpieces are great investments in decorations and daily use; they mix well with modern furniture as well as antiques. It is a departure from the regular Persian rug with red and blue and center medallions. Once enjoyed by the Mughal emperors of the 16th and 17th century, these rugs are now available to anyone with good taste and decent purchasing power. read more