A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

a rug with the rko design
western china
circa 1830
174 x 100 cm (5'9" x 3'3")

Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
This rug belongs to a small group of weavings recently defined as RKO because of their distinctive design, consisting of a sequence of bands with strokes and dashes that are reminiscent of the sonic sound waves present on the logo of the RKO motion picture company. The structural characteristics of this piece, together with the type of wool employed, indicate its origin to the district of Gansu, of which we know only fifteen examples. Other distinguishing features of this rug are the Greek fret medallion composed of a pair of stylised dragons and the absence of decorative elements at either end.
Bibliography: H. Konig, "The RKO Family", Hali, no. 110, (London, May-June 2000): 96-105.



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