This grand antique Sultanabad rug boasts an exquisitely detailed all-over Mille Fleur (Thousand Flowers) design. Stylized shrubs interlacing with each other create a dynamic latticed look all across this gorgeous sprawling rug which is made all the more striking through the application of wonderfully rich and energetic colors like red, coral and apricot against a dark background. These saturated tones capture the light beautifully which then bounces off the delicate blossoms rendered in ivory and light blue making for a playful display of elements. The red main border stands in contrast to the densely-designed floral field with its slightly more sparsely-placed geometric motifs bringing its lighter hues into better focus. The extreme attention paid to the smallest detail across this very-large scale Sultanabad is simply breathtaking and this superb craftsmanship also manifests itself in the inner and outer, double and triple guard strips, each with their unique and individual motifs.
This Sultanabad is a fascinating work of mastery not only because of the exquisitely fine detail and richness of its design, but also because of the time and effort that goes into creating a rug of this scale with extremely tight knotting. It is a piece full of character that can elevate the look of large spaces to interiors with sophistication, energy and a truly antique charm.