China, Tibet and East Turkestan

Imperial carpet border fragment with ‘standing water’ pattern
Northern China
Qing Dynasty
Kangxi period (1662-1722)
255 x 28 cm (100.5 x 71 in.)

Knot count: 6 H x 5 V = 30 kpsi
Colours: dark blue, medium blue, light blue, gold yellow, brown, ivory (6)
Condition: fragmentary with some areas of wear, a small hole and a larger one stabilised with a patch from the same border. Old conservation of the left side with a fabric acting as selvedge.
Notes: A fragment of a large Imperial carpet with the ‘standing water’ design developing along the left vertical axis. We know this pattern from a carpet once in the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden Palace of Beijing (see Glanz der Himmelssohne - Kaiserlische Teppiche Aus China 1400-1750, plate 4, p. 63) although its closest comparable is the Pine carpet with mountains, waves and lotus flowers (see Glanz, plate 32, p. 108). First hunted in Lhasa, this piece is published in K. de Jong Dragon & Horse - Saddle Rugs and Other Horse Tack from China and Beyond, Hong Kong 2013, plate 6.18, p. 82.

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