A Ziegler Sultanabad pattern carpet,
late 19th century, the pale blue ground decorated with rust-red flower head motifs and scrolling foliate designs within a foliate banded border, with cotton label verso inscribed '3642 Sept 1894, Harvey Nichols',
390 x 272cm
Provenance: Farmleigh, Nursery Dining Room.
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The term 'Ziegler' refers to a particular design pattern and style of weaving. The Ziegler carpet is often characterised by a soft, muted colour palette and elegant, delicate designs. They often feature repetitive floral and geometric patterns, and large central medallions. The colours are usually the result of vegetable-based dyes, which elicit a distinctive soft and warm hue.
The origin of the style and craftmanship of these carpets can be traced back to the late 19th century and a German company based in England called Ziegler & Co. This company began to produce fine and high-quality carpets in the Sultanabad region of Iran, where their aim was to successfully marry Western tastes with the aesthetic and craftsmanship of Persia. The popularity and success of Ziegler carpets grew significantly during the 20th century, however, production in Iran ground to a halt due to political unrest and economic sanctions. As a result, Ziegler & Co. moved production to countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, where skilled craftsmen continue to create these exquisite rugs.
After the death of Duleep Singh in 1893, the estate of Elveden was bought by Edward Guinness, the first Earl of Iveagh. After this transition, the house was lavishly refurbished in 1894, and included the purchase of twenty-three Ziegler carpets. In 1984, many of these beautifully made carpets were sold, with the larger selling for prices more than £30,000 each, ensuring that Ziegler carpets are still considered to be the most desirable weavings on the market. Today, Sworders is extremely pleased to be a part of the history of Elveden and its Ziegler carpet collection.
Sold for £34,000
overall good even deep pile with low wear, no obvious holes, repairs or major defects. staining and marks throughout, would undoubtedly benefit from sympathetic professional cleaning, possible dye run in places, see photos. side cords intact and tassels in good order
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Auction: The Guinness Sale at Elveden, 14th Sep, 2023
‘I wish all the recipients of lots from this Elveden auction years of enjoyment from their purchase, as I believe the vast majority of these items are likely to be heirlooms for generations of the future.’
The auction will take place at Elveden Hall, London Road, Elveden, Thetford IP24 3TQ. The sale commences at 10am, with doors open from 8.30am.
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