Agra rugs belong to the history of capital of the Moghul dynasty in north central India which reached its golden age in culture, architecture and carpet weaving during the 16th and 17th centuries. During the sixteenth century the city of Agra, famed for the Taj Mahal, was the capital of the Mughal Empire and the cultural center of Indian art forms such as miniature paintings, jewelry, inlaid stonework, architecture, textile design and rug & carpet weaving. In nineteenth century northern India, the art of oriental carpet weaving as a commercial enterprise was revived with stunning results. Since the golden age of Mughal India the production of rugs and carpets had virtually disappeared until it was regenerated under British rule. Prisoners in the country jails, including those of Lahore, Yeraoda and Montgomery, as well as Agra, wove some of the most beautiful carpets. Designs for these antique Agra rugs were often based upon classical Persian pieces from the sixteenth and seventeenth century, especially antique rugs and carpets in the collection of the Maharajah of Jaipur. Therefore, today Agra rugs have been woven with the same antique skills and have great value in any condition, often favored for their unique floral designs with classic patterns.
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