Rare Antique 17th Century Chinese Ningxia Carpet 70071

Size: 9 ft 8 in x 14 ft 10 in (2.95 m x 4.52 m)
Origin: China

An Extremely Rare and Collectible Antique 17th Century Chinese Ningxia Carpet, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Chinese Rugs, Circa Date: 17th Century – More than three hundred years have not dimmed the brilliant design and classic formal elegance of this spectacular antique Ningsia Chinese carpet, made in an imperial Chinese workshop. The field displays a honeycomb lattice made up of hexagons comprised in turn by rhombuses with meander fillers. The rich, multi-leveled complexity of the design is nicely offset by the restrained palette of blues and tans, even in the surrounding meander border as well. To western eyes, the masterful field design appears almost three-dimensional, like clusters of cubes seen in perspective.

The beauty of a serene reflecting pool graces this rare antique 17th century carpet from Ningxia, China. Graceful water lilies float among gentle rippling waves. The pattern mimics nature but is carried out using the geometric form. This antique Chinese Ningsia rug was produced during the Qing Dynasty in a time when the power and wealth of the Dynasty was at its peak.

Qing Dynasty art is a style that most would easily recognize as iconic Chinese art. In the early part of the 17th century, the Qing Dynasty was a loose confederation of semi-nomadic tribes. However, as they became organized and more powerful, they used art as a way to legitimize their rule. This breathtaking 17th century rug is a fine, and beautifully preserved, example of the work produced at this time.

As this antique Chinese rug demonstrates, Qing Dynasty art often reflects elements of the landscape or the natural world. During this time, much of the design process was taught through schools to produce a recognizable consistency in style. Designs rendered in only blue and white, as with this antique area rug are easily recognized as products of the Qing Dynasty. Many of the blue and white elements found in this rug can also be found in Qing Dynasty pottery pieces and textiles.

The design of this breathtaking early rug uses geometric forms to suggest motion in the background of the rug, creating a feeling of gently rippling water. The earthy brown border surrounding the antique rug is reminiscent of the element of earth. This magnificent antique Chinese Ningsia rug combines the elements of the earth and water with the natural plant world.

This rare antique 17th century Chinese Ningxia carpet is not only one of exquisite beauty, but also one of historical importance. It is an extremely rare and collectible rug that stands as an excellent example of Qing Dynasty artwork at the height of its power. This would make an excellent piece for any serious collection of historical Chinese artwork.

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