FROM THE VAULT
Selected acquisitions of antique textile art
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29. 
Alg 1134
Carpet with polychrome lozenges
Peking
Northern China
circa 1890
293 x 192 cm (97 x 64)


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile open to the left on a cotton foundation
There is a group of later Chinese carpets which are characterized by geometric, often abstract patterns that seem inspired by Western sensibilities. What is puzzling however is that most of these weavings have been sourced in recent years in China itself, where they have been used in households ever since they were made. Whatever its origin, the resulting pattern of randomly coloured lozenges has an outstanding three dimensional quality, and can be compared to the most important objects of twentieth century design.

 



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