Antique Chinese Ningxia Small Rug 70213, Country of Origin / Rug Type: China Rugs, Circa Date: 1800 – This striking antique Oriental carpet from Ningxia, China, was produced in the beginning of the 19th century. Antique Ningxia rugs are of such beauty, quality and artistry that the name of the region is a term that has come to represent products of high quality. They often use soft colors, the softest wool and have a relatively low knot count.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of the antique Chinese carpets from Ningxia is the use of classic Chinese motifs and earthy colors. These antique rugs are some of the most beautiful and well-designed of all Chinese rugs. They are soft to the touch and characterized by less restricted use of traditional Oriental motifs and designs than those produced in larger cities and territories.
One can see several common motifs in this antique Chinese Ningxia rug, including a stylized Greek key design in the outermost border and a stylized floral design based on the triangle. Throughout the carpet are cloud band motifs that are rendered in nontraditional colors of gold and black. Between the clouds is a symbol that may be the insignia of a nobleman or a perhaps the dignitary who commissioned the antique rug. It may also be a symbol used to wish the owner of the rug good fortune or happiness.
A connection to nature is a theme often found in Oriental art. Clouds are commonly used to symbolize the relationship between man and the heavenly realms. They embody a sublime quality and represent the divine connection between man on Earth and the divine in the heavens.
The colors and design of this antique Chinese Ningxia rug come together in a way that is striking and stands apart for its exquisite beauty and high quality for which Ningxia rugs are known. It would make an excellent addition to any Oriental decor or collection of fine Asian artifacts. The quality of this rug has allowed it to stand the test of time and remain vibrant through almost 200 years. This is a rug that has received exquisite care throughout the centuries and is an excellent example of Ningxia artistry.