A beautiful 17th century antique Chinese Ningxia rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Chinese Rug, Circa date: Late-17th Century – This heavenly 17th century antique Chinese Ningxia rug is truly a rare find. It uses only three colors to create complex geometric forms that give the antique Chinese rug a sense of earthiness and unity. Blues, brown, and ivory create a feeling of earth and sky or perhaps water.
The antique rug uses an all over pattern in the field and a swastika motif in the borders that continues the same design elements. A simple brown border frames the magnificent 17th century rug and provides an element of color and interest. A light blue line on the innermost border gives the small scatter size rug feeling of depth, as if the main field of the rug is further back. This enhances the idea that the main borders of the highly collectible rug serve to support and frame the design in the main field.
The regularly spaced motifs give the antique Chinese Ninghsia rug a sense of order and balance. It has horizontal and vertical symmetry, which add to the balance of the antique rug from China. The central focal point of the 17th century Chinese Ninghsia rug is not marked by a design element, but rather the background design. This rug can be interpreted as either clouds in a clear blue sky or tiny waves on the water.
The design in the background of the antique Ningxia rug creates a feeling of motion and allows it to serve as a main element of the design, rather than as a supporting role. The antique Chinese Ninghsia rug is designed so that none of the elements stand out on their own which encourages the viewer to take in the piece as a whole. Regardless of how you interpret the design of the antique Oriental rug, it is a truly rare and beautiful find and would add beauty to any home decor.