"Antique Agra Rug, India, 100 Cm X 177 Cm, Hand Knotted, Circa 1920"Rare AGRA wool rug, from India, with the typical colors used in the 1920s, a deep red-brown bordering on Bordeaux, gray, black and beige-rosé, which remains a small number of shades.
Red brown is one of the characteristics of the Agras of this period, the beginning of the twentieth century.
This carpet leaves no room for the void, as a proliferation of very elaborate and judiciously placed grounds fill the field and the border.
The field is composed of two large medallions of various flowers and each receives symmetrically four white swans ("Hamsa" in India, symbol of the soul or being, supreme spiritual achievement, "he walks, he steals, he is swimming ") on a pond facing each other.
Around these palmipeds, eight peacocks in pairs strut in the garden. These birds symbolize, poetry, science and the arts through the goddess Sarasvati. These birds and flowers are also there to remind us of the existence of nature, beauty and consciousness, dear to the Hindu reason for living.
At the central point, these medallions, a large flowers cut from two flowering lines registering as the center of the world and the four cardinal points. Around these medallions eight imposing dragons ("Naga", serpent in Sanskrit) horned and beige-pink, placed on their two anterior and open mouths challenge us.
Their presence is there to remind us that they keep nature and its treasures and are the symbol of immortality and fertility.
On the back of each dragon, fly an eagle with sharp talons, which can be "Garuda", the giant eagle, enemy of "Naga", but which are in fact, (Naga and Garuda), the two incarnations of Vishnu , the protector, God of the stability of the world, savior and protector of the humans, he maintains the life and the creation, this is the theme of this carpet.
The border is decorated with large leaves and beige-brown and gray arabesques, arranged very regularly on a background resembling the color of the field and specific to the decor of the borders of Agra carpets. The fringes are on one side kilim way and on the other, thin. The number of nodes of about 450,000 in the M2.
One can realize after reading and translation essay of this work of art, that nothing is left to chance and that in the design of this piece, the knotter or the sponsor wanted an order in representation and symbolism, a reflection of his lifestyle, his thoughts and his beliefs. Period early 20th century around 1920.
Dimensions: Width: 39 inches (39 inches) x 177 cm (69 inches)
This piece is in very good condition, and has been cleaned professionally and ecologically.
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