ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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30. 
carpet with scrolling peonies
mongolia
northern china
circa 1870
345 x 270 cm (114 x 810)


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
Antique Mongolian carpets often borrow designs from classical Chinese carpets of the Ningxia type. The palette, however, is typically based on neutral tones of ivory and brown in various shades, as opposed to the yellow, light blue and ivory used in the earliest examples. Here the field is characterised by a well-spaced allover pattern of scrolling peonies in ivory and light blue, set on a chocolate brown background. This particular colour combination makes this carpet especially ideal for interiors in the modernist style, where dark brown hues contrast effectively with the sparseness of twentieth century furniture.

 



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