Pairs and Shaped Carpets

Carpet weavers in city workshops often reused a successful cartoon to recreate a popular carpet design and nomadic and village based weavers often copied an existing carpet to create another one very much like it. As such weavings are handmade they are never exact replicas but are always individual works of art. Some carpets were woven as pairs, on the same loom and when both halves of the pair survive intact then their rarity is intensified. The famous Ardebil carpet in the V & A, London was woven as one of a pair and part of the other carpet is in LACMA in California with other small fragments scattered across the world.

Shaped carpets were usually woven as commissions for particular spaces with shaped European carpets being popular from 18th century Paris to 20th century Berlin. A round carpet can dynamically reflect an oculus above or mimic a curved balustrade.

Pair Belouche Agra Carpets

Price on application


India, 19th Century
Each: 9ft 9in length x 9ft 9in width
2.97m x 2.97m

  • Pair Armorial Savonnerie Carpets

    Pair Armorial Savonnerie Carpets

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    With the Arms of the Sheremetyev Family
    France, 19th Century
    Each: 10ft 10in length x 10ft 6in width
    3.30m x 3.20m
    Provenance: Count Dmitry Sheremetyev  (1803 – 1871)

  • Art Deco Rug

    Art Deco Rug


    Designed by Maurice Dufrêne for La Maîtrise
    France, circa 1922
    Diameter: 4ft 0in