5043 Mahal 9'9" x 13'2"
Antique Shabby Chic Persian Sultanabad / Mahal Rug 5043, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1920 – This gorgeous shabby chic antique Sultanabad carpet is from around the turn of the century. Sultanabads from this time period are some of the most beautiful and collectible in the world. This Persian town is known for styles that range from casual to formal. Their designs are sophisticated, but also add a bit of playfulness, too.
This beautiful rug has a fine weave and classic all over pattern. The colors are earthy and subtle. The weaving industry around Sultanabad was largely a cottage industry at the time when this rug was produced. This is a larger piece and was more than likely created by an entire family as a commissioned piece.
Carpets from Sultanabad that have an ivory background, such as this one, are highly prized for their extraordinary beauty. This carpet reminds us that these carpets were not only a piece of artwork; they were meant to be used. Orientalist painters of the late 1800s and early 1900s painted scenes with rugs such as this one featured in them. They tell us that rugs were often hung on walls to be admired, and they were used in formal settings such as mosques. However, even though they are beautiful, more often than not, they are simply a floor covering that was meant to be used.
This antique rug has an aged appearance that tells us that it served its intended purpose well. If only the rug could tell the tales of the many feet that have walked over its surface during the last century, its story would be a long one. This rug will add character to the room and would be perfect for a traditional Parisian style where every piece has a story and unique history. This is a beautiful piece that will give any room a feeling of timelessness and tradition.