Small Antique Chinese Ningsia Rug 48842
Small Animal Motif Antique Chinese Ningsia Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Chinese Rug, Circa Date: 1880’s – Like many exquisite antique Chinese Ningsia rugs, this one is meant to convey a scene. Viewers are treated to a delightful exhibition of color and presence, and the combination of masterful color use and artfully arranged contrasting forms results in a clear portrait, not unlike a beautiful scene painted onto a canvas. A single thick border dominates the antique Chinese rug, its interior marked by a combination of angular and curving motions. These motions combine to create a network of flowing stems and vines, acting as the perfect earthy foil to the heavenly scene within. At the heart of the antique rug, a single scene is mirrored horizontally and flipped vertically, reminiscent of the royal cards in a deck. In the peaceful scene, a horse is gracefully arching one foreleg, standing before a collection of clouds and tethered to a graceful willow tree behind it.