A fabulous antique Chinese Ningxia carpet. Ningxia rugs are among the very oldest antique rugs from China, as their style has remained consistently popular since at least the eighteenth century and possibly quite a bit earlier. Ningxia rugs are typically characterized by their qualities of reservation, understatement, and formality. Indeed, many Ningxia carpets are downright austere, lacking elaborate decoration and preferring instead soft and subdued fields of color, especially saffron yellows, ivories, and a range of contrasting blues. The composition of these carpets is very much classically Chinese – open, balanced, and stately.
When these rugs do feature decorative elements outside of contrasting colors, one can find traditional symbols. Such as dragons, cloudbands, and fretwork motifs. Because of their fine technique, restraint, and classic character, Ningxia carpets have often been held to products of imperial Chinese workshops.
The condition is very good on this carpet with a soft wool pile and natural dyes.
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