The Ziegler Sultanabad was handwoven in Western Iran during the late 19th century.
The Anglo-Swiss firm Ziegler and Company was the first to organize the production and export of oriental carpets in Iran with Western Capital. The firm had strict quality control and utilized the best wools which were centrally dyed in their facilities in Arak. Today the term 'Ziegler' is used in the market as a label of quality to describe the best of the best Sultanabads which represented a new era of Persian rug weaving which was inspired by 16th - 17th century Safavid workshop production but adapted the tastes of 19th century Europe and America. They are highly prized by designers and collectors alike and known for their large-scale patterning and muted almost pastel coloration.
This particular piece features a desirable ivory ground with less common tones of gold, various greens, and purples as well as soft lacquer red and deep navy. The wide and eclectic color range works together to create a harmonious whole. A beautiful flowering vase motif at each end breaks up and adds interest to the large all-over palmettes in the rest of the field. The ivory field is framed by an exceptional wide red main border and includes the same tones of the field which read even richer in their new arrangement. Wide borders are an appealing feature that is characteristic of this type.
In very good condition for its considerable age. There are some areas of old restoration which has been expertly done to conserve the piece. It is common for this type to have had some conservation.
These rugs are becoming quite rare and highly prized. Please don't hesitate to reach out for additional images or consultation about this piece.