Antique Chinese Metallic Silk Rug, Origin: China, Circa: Late 19th Century – A beautifully balanced pallet lend this antique carpet a deep sense of evenness, while its compelling composition stirs and delights. A narrow band of gold surrounds the perimeter of the carpet, though this is the only portion of the rug that is nor adorned with ornate detail work. The gold color is carried on into the primary border, which features a comely display of floral and vine scroll design elements. This is bounded by a simple inner border of blue, which is dotted at regular intervals with a splash of orange. In the field, a delightful and exciting display of traditional Chinese elements unfolds. At the top and bottom, bold cloud bands appear. A comely floral pattern is found throughout the negative space. And most notably of all, four splendid five-clawed dragons serve as corner pieces, surrounding a central dragon of impeccable design.