A Remarkable Chinese Influenced Antique Mongolian Dragon Design Rug, Country Of Origin: Mongolia, Circa Date: 1910 – For over 100 years these majestic dragons have guarded the watery worlds of this masterfully created antique Mongolian carpet. The dragon has been used as a symbol by several famous rulers in Mongolian history. The dragon was one of the four totems of the ancient nomadic tribes. Kublai Khan used it as his symbol, often wearing blue dragons on his robes.
Dragons are an important Mongolian symbol and represent the enlightened state, or the existence of the mind beyond the physical. The dragon design is associated with water and stands guard with the other symbols including the tiger, snow lion, and Garuda that is the spirit of the Bogd Khan mountain range. The dragon has been used in art, architecture, and textiles throughout the history of Mongolia.
The Mongolian dragon is often associated with water. They symbolize wildlife, thunder and the power of Mother Nature. To use this symbol on this beautiful carpet is a statement that calls forth the ancient meanings of this symbol and the grand kingdoms who have used it throughout Mongolian history. The stylized representations of the dragons give them a primitive or ancient feel.
The field of the antique rug is a calming blue. Light and dark variations in the field of the rug give it the appearance of gently rippling waves. This creates texture and adds dimension the design. The artist who created this work took great care to make certain that the design was carried out with precision. One of the unique characteristics of this antique Oriental rug is that rather than all going in the same direction, the weaver appears to have simply flipped the top and side patterns.
The roundel in the center is like looking through a window to the guardians of the watery realms. This is an enchanting and sublime piece both for its artistry and the symbolism that it represents. This antique Mongolian dragon design rug is a rare treasure and would make an excellent addition to a collection that features unique pieces and carpets that are beyond those that one usually finds.