Antique Chinese Ningsia Rug 46708
Size: 11 ft 10 in x 14 ft 8 in (3.61 m x 4.47 m)Print
Crafted in Ningsia, this early 19th century dragon rug showcases nine beautifully detailed dragons accompanied by flaming pearls and auspicious shou characters.
Antique Ningsia Rug, Origin: China, Circa: Late 18th / Early 19th Century – This stunning room-sized dragon carpet is a powerful work of art that pairs symbolic and mythological figures with a clean, formal composition. Grand banner-style borders with clever notched edges encircle the field and frame the auspicious Chinese shou-style insignias that decorate each corner. The classical round medallion is filled with an animated dragon that features five deeply hooked claws, a furcated tail and a serpentine body that spirals around the self-contained roundel. This dramatic focal figure is paired with eight other pearl-seeking serpents, which play off the numerology of China’s nine legendary dragons. From the carefully selected shou symbols to the positions of the pearl-facing creatures, this antique Ningsia dragon rug immortalizes cultural legends and traditions.