A Highly Artistic And Collectible Blue Antique Chinese Horse Cover Saddle Blanket, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Chinese Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – This beautiful highly artistic and collectible rug was once a horse cover saddle blanket to be placed on top of a horse’s back. It was produced around the turn of the 20th century and is a highly unusual find. It is a small size and could either be used as an accent piece or would look beautiful placed in a glass case and hung on the wall.
The saddle blanket has many elements found in antique Chinese rugs, and other art forms. It features elements that connect water, earth, and sky. It features a Chinese crane, water elements, a cherry tree branch, and mythological creatures that are all symbols of good luck and fortune. Perhaps they were meant to shine upon the rider or the person who commissioned the antique Chinese horse cover saddle blanket.
This blue rug is symmetrical horizontally, as it was meant to be placed on top of the horse’s back and centered. However, it is not symmetrical vertically. Interestingly enough, both of the designs on each side of the center of the blanket are oriented so that all of the animals would face towards the rear of the horse. A section on one edge of the design indicates which portion of the saddle would point towards the back or front and are made to accommodate a piece on the saddle itself.
It is difficult to imagine this exquisite antique rug of work being hidden underneath a saddle where it would seldom be seen. It only goes to show the care and attention to detail that was afforded every aspect of Chinese life. Regardless of how you decide to use this collectible antique horse cover, it is certain to be treasured for many years to come. This blue antique Chinese horse cover saddle blanket deserves to be displayed in a way that it can truly be appreciated for its artistry and place in Chinese culture.