A Breathtaking Rare and Collectible Antique 17th Century Chinese Ningxia Runner Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Chinese Rug, Circa Date: 17th Century – This antique rug makes you want to drift away with the floating clouds on a warm summer afternoon. It is also an important historical artifact that would be the crowning piece of any collection. This antique runner rug was produced in Ninxgia, China, during the 17th century. It is in remarkable shape for its age and clearly shows the characteristics that allowed antique Chinese Ningxia rugs to become one of the most important textile producing centers of the world.
The early rug features a stylized cloud band pattern, which is a motif that dates back to the late Han dynasty between 206 BCE-220 CE. The use of clouds in artwork throughout the dynasty was meant to establish a connection between the rulers and the heavenly realms. Cloud motifs are prominent throughout Chinese artwork from this time forward. The colorful clouds of this antique Oriental rug and the classic keyhole border are excellent examples of 17th century Chinese artwork, giving this carpet an almost ethereal effect.
This antique Chinese carpet was produced in Ninxgia, which is in a remote area of China bordered by the Great Wall and Mongolia. It was relatively inaccessible and virtually unknown to the rest of the world until the Kangxi Emperor traveled to Ninxgia on a trip between 1696 and 1697. He was immediately impressed by the skill and artistry of the Ninxgia rug weavers and decided to bring some samples back to the Royal Court. It was not long until Ninxgia became a major production center for Imperial wool carpets.
These magnificent 17th century carpets were made for the rulers, important members of the Court, and for merchants and noblemen who were of high enough status to be allowed to own one.
The climate of Ninxgia made it perfect for the production of plush, soft wool.
A wide range of plant materials is available for the production of beautiful colors. The midnight blue of this carpet is reminiscent of the night sky. The color has remained almost unchanged for close to 400 years. It is an exquisite example of the type of rugs that made the Kangxi Emperor decide to establish an Imperial carpet works in the area. Since that time, Ninxgia carpets not only refer to the place, but they refer to a specific type of rug that is soft and plush.
This 17 Century Cloudband antique Chinese Ningxia runner is an essential piece for any collection not only because of its beauty but also because of its history and place in the world of Chinese art and history. The carpet shows remarkably little wear, considering its age and the fact that these carpets were used daily. This is a runner rug, which means that it was probably placed in an area that received high foot traffic. It reflects its historical intended purpose and makes it even more valuable as a collectible piece. These carpets are beautiful, but they were also designed to be used.
There is no way to tell how many feet have walked upon this 17 century cloudband design antique Chinese Ningxia runner, or perhaps their place in the Imperial Court. The only thing that is for sure is that it is an exceptional magnificent rug from China for its color, design and the stories that it has to tell. This important piece of history would make the perfect addition to any historical carpet collection or interior design where it will create a warm and inviting feeling.