Classic movie with a Classic Rug!
My Fair Lady:
Seen below: Perhaps an antique sultanabad or Mahal Carpet from Persia circa late 4th quarter 19th century or around 1900. Although proper inspection may render a different conclusion, many Sultanabad carpets from in and around this era are sometimes identifiable by the combination of several characteristics although outliars do exist*:
As seen in the example below, soft muted colors ardorn topical colors, field and border. Complementary tones, yet soft spoken and bold at the same time. Note the design in the field, which is slightly heavier and more intricate on the right hand side of the carpet. Sultanabad rugs often are often woven with a loose drawing, or as some may suggest, perhaps even "free hand" without full traditional "cartoon". Rather, open renditions of stylized flowers and design elements to be included in both field and border may be noted pre-weaving, but not in the typical half map or quarter map blueprint. For this reason, it may be surmised medallion rugs are less frequently found as they often require more attention in weaving centered.
A carpet such as the one seen in My Fair Lady would certainly fetch a very high premium at almost any major Auction house. Similar Sultanabad / "Mahal" rugs and carpets made it into 3 spots of the top 10 most expensive rugs of 2008. These are carpets which have a tremendous following and appeal to designers given the high decorative value in today's market. In a statement made to Rug Rag on a similar type of carpet by Mary Joe Otsea of Sotheby's regarding lot 367 of a Nov. 2008 sale (sky blue Ziegler Mahal): "a large scale overall design in a
soft color palette that is highly sought after for furnishing today.”
Special thank you to "NetJim" for brining this fantastic Movie Carpet to our Attention!
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* We have taken on the task of identifying oriental rugs and
Carpets from one photograph, and one photograph only! Bear in mind,
the names and key terms provided below are simple insight and suggestions as to what
the rug or carpet at hand may be, not necessarily definitive
information. Proper identification of an Oriental Rug or Persian Carpet by a professional should be done in person, or at least with the Rug Rag standardized Oriental Rug Identification Sample Photographs. If
you have additional insight on these rugs, or have taken a particular
liking to any one, feel free to comment in the field at the bottom of