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2734 Ziegler Mahal

2734 Ziegler Mahal 9.8 x 13

2734 Ziegler Mahal

9ft 8in x 13ft (2.95 x 3.96m)

19th century

 

The Ziegler brothers of Switzerland moved to Manchester, England in the mid nineteenth century and formed a company to import Persian carpets to Europe.  The height of their success was not achieved until later in the century.

 

Combining the weaving expertise of the local workers with their knowledge of the European market, they executed rug cartoons in England with innovative color combinations that were well received by their clients who were bored with the look of the typical Persian rug.

 

In modern times, Ziegler carpets are sought after because they combine the colors and interesting designs that are still appealing to Western eyes with the elegance rugs gain from age.

 

This particular carpet features the traditional floral spray medallion with the decidedly European color sensitivity—a brick red background and olive green accents.