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Selected acquisitions of antique textile art
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28. 
Alg 276
Rug with leafs and blossom palmettes
Ningxia
Northwest China
Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)
180 x 135 cm (5’11” x 4’5”)


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile open to the left on a cotton foundation
A very unusual Chinese rug, possibly used as a dais cover, which had been previously attributed to the Western region of Gansu (H. König, Gansu, Hali 138, London 2005, pl. 13, p. 58). However both the structure and the colours are fairly typical of Ningxia weavings from the Kangxi period. Of particular note are the four stylised blue dragons on a coral background which decorate the corners of the composition.

 



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