Zigzag Crosses Agra Jail Cotton Dhurrie

A striking old cotton dhurrie hand-woven in Agra Jail. The central combination of columns of coloured crosses and diamonds makes for a very distinctive composition, especially with the contrasting red and black surrounds. This boldness is further emphasised with multiple zigzag borders in subtler shades of grey-blue and orange, the latter actually being alternating red and white woven closely together.

Weaving of carpets and dhurries in Indian jails was originally introduced by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. He brought master weavers from Persia to teach inmates and, over time, their styles developed through the combination of Indian patterns into the traditional Mughal designs. Jail carpets, such as those from Agra, Amritsar and Lahore, are immensely collectable today.

Country of Origin: India

Size: 4'0'' x 6'0''

Age: circa 1920

Material: Cotton

Product Code: A10-107

Price: Rs41,500

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