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This magnificent Ziegler Sultanabad rug above is one of the finest examples of it’s kind. It was housed in the dining room of Sigmund Freud’s home, 20 Maresfield Gardens, in Hampstead, London. In 1938, the renowned father of psychoanalysis arrived with his family in London as refugees from the Nazis in Vienna. They brought with them all of their possessions, including carpets and rugs, furniture, and a collection of his prized antiquities. Here his son Ernest and housekeeper Paula Fichtl recreated for him the same working environment that he had in Vienna. Freud bought most of his rug collection from dealers like his brother-in-law, Moritz Freud, 1857-1920 (same surname), who lived in Berlin. The field of this carpet has a stunning design of palmettes and tendrils strewn across a brilliant ivory ground that is elegantly complemented by the gold ground border. The various green and terracotta tones appear especially lovely against this foil of ivory and gold.