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Selected acquisitions of antique textile art
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31. 
Alg 1571
Carpet with abstract design
Mongolia
Northern China
circa 1900
420 x 366 cm (13’9” x 12’)


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile open to the left on a cotton foundation
The painterly effect obtained by mixing varying proportions of ivory and indigo wool is peculiar to this family of northern Chinese weavings. As most of them were sourced directly in China one is led to think that they weren’t intended as export items but rather to satisfy a local commission. They are almost always woven in small formats, sometimes embellished by longevity ideograms or other auspicious symbols. This rare large format carpet is distinguished by the complete absence of decorations as well as by a narrow blue frame that contrasts efficiently with the dynamics of the field pattern.

 



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