Antique Chinese Ningsia Rug 46708
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: 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.