ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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26. 
Mongolian Carpet
Northern China
Circa 1870
345 x 325 cm (114 x 108)


Notes: Asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
Today Mongolian carpets are highly appreciated for the geometric character of their design and for their neutral palette, which is often centred on an ivory/brown colour combination. Here the geometric medallion and spandrels are balanced by a repeat pattern of stylised flowers alternated to butterflies. The composition is framed by a wide and powerful border ornated by large shou ideograms (Chinese symbols for long life) in its two versions.

 



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