Beautiful Small Scatter Size Brown Antique Peking Chinese Carpet, Origin: China, Circa Date: Late 19th Century – This elegant antique Chinese rug is a wonderful late 19th century carpet that features several elements of traditional Chinese art. Using only two colors, it managers to create different levels of complexity through only the execution of the design. From its deep, earthy brown tone to its highly stylized rendition of the cherry tree, this antique Peking Chinese carpet embodies thousands of years of Chinese artistic tradition.
The first element that stands out immediately is the iconic representation of the cherry tree. It is easily recognizable due to the twisted and gnarled appearance of the branch and the five petaled flowers with the stylized center. One can find thousands of examples of similar cherry trees in Chinese watercolor and silk cloth embroidery.
In this brown antique Peking Chinese carpet the branch is styled so that when the rug is turned on its side it is a traditional representation of the cherry branch, but when viewed lengthwise it has the appearance of a bonsai. This is a unique treatment of this familiar Chinese motif. The border also reflects a traditional Chinese rug pattern that is often found in the mediums of painting and silk cloth weaving.
The metered regularity of the geometric border symbolizes the Chinese sense of order. The cherry blossoms represent unity and oneness with nature. The use of only two colors demonstrates that many different ideas can be conveyed using only simple designs and recognizable imagery.
This breathtaking small scatter rug is even more so when you began to contemplate the depth conveyed by its artistry. The simplicity of the design makes it suitable for almost any interior decor. Its classic subject matter and treatment allow it to be used in designs from traditional to modern. It would also work well in designs that emphasize Oriental themes or nature. Regardless, this brown antique Peking Chinese carpet will be a treasure to be passed down for many generations.
This small antique Chinese Peking carpet is part of a pair. Click here to see the other pair of this small Chinese carpet.