ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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28. 
Dragon Carpet
Northern China
Peking
Circa 1900
351 x 270 cm (116 x 810)


Notes: Asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a cotton foundation
A central, five-clawed dragon (the symbol of both the forces of nature and the Chinese emperor), is surrounded by four other dragons, all floating on an indigo blue background. At both ends a pair of dragons flank a flaming pearl (symbol of wisdom). The entire composition as well as the cloudband and wave border are typical of nineteenth century Ningxia carpets, although the rendering of the design, the blue /ivory palette and the very fine knotting are characteristic of early twentieth century Peking weaving.

 



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