ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART II
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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19. 
a carpet with longevity pattern
ningxia
northwest china
circa 1880
371 x 287 cm (12'2" x 9'5")


Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
A rare and unusual Chinese carpet decorated with an allover pattern of eight-petalled rosettes, joined together to form a lattice in the negative of which is the longevity motif, that is one of main decorative elements found on seventeenth - and eighteenth - century carpets from the Ningxia region. Nineteenth-century versions of this geometric pattern are very much in demand today, given their large dimensions and easy adaptability to the current styles in interior design.
Bibliography: E. Concaro, A. Levi, Sovrani Tappeti - Il tappeto orientale dal XV al XIX secolo (Milan,1999), plate 150: 174.

 



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