Rare Antique 17th Century Chinese Ningsia Rug 3285

Size: 4 ft 7 in x 9 ft (1.4 m x 2.74 m)
Origin: China

Antique Chinese Ningsia carpets like this outstanding example, produced under the auspices of the Chinese imperial palace, are the epitome of understated elegance and aristocratic restraint. A very few cloud motifs rendered almost as rosettes float across an open tan-ocre field. Additional cloud-like vine scrolls in pale saffron subtly full the remaining space, although they barely show up against the tan ground of this antique Chinese Ningsia rug. Narrow borders of half-rosettes and fretwork enclose the entire composition with consummately reserved complexity. The beauty of the design and the color of this rare antique 17th century Chinese Ningsia rug are accented by the soft lustrous texture of the wool.

Breathtaking and Rare Antique 17th Century Chinese Ningsia Rug, Country of Origin: China, Circa Date: 17th Century – This elegant antique Chinese carpet was produced in Ningsia, which is a naturally beautiful mountain region in Northern China. This exquisite antique Chinese Ningsia rug is an excellent and rare example of 17th century Chinese art and would make an excellent addition to any collection.

Delicate cloud bands float in the ethereal, using only shades of blue and ivory to make their delicate appeal. A traditional Greek key design Chinese geometric border frames the antique rug and helps to define the space. It also adds a visual contrast to the curvy lines of the field. Each motif is different, much in the same way real clouds are different. The cloud bands in the antique Chinese Ningsia rug appear to drift along in space without any discernible pattern, much as they do in real life.

The natural world is an often chosen subject in Chinese art. Rather than rendering it in a realistic manner, the artist attempts to catch the essence and beauty of the subject. This is what the artist has achieved through the placement of the clouds and the simple choice of colors chosen. The blue is reminiscent of rain or water falling from the sky and landing on the earth. One could also interpret the design as raindrops floating downwards towards earth from a cloudy sky.

The quality of this magnificent 17th century rug is highlighted by its ability to stand the test of time. This is a rare and highly collectible piece of artwork and would work well in any formal setting or oriental-influenced design. This rare and collectible antique Chinese Ningsia rug is an essential for collectors of historical Chinese art work and would make a beautiful addition to other fine pieces within the room.

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