Hand knotted in wool, an antique 7×10 Chinese rug joining Rug & Kilim’s Antique & Vintage collection.
Believed to connote origins from the late Qing Dynasty circa 1900-1920, rugs of this lineage are often still referred to as Ming rugs for their influence from the prior reign (up to the end of the latter in 1912). Prevailing on a camel-beige backdrop with impossible subtle green tints, the rug boasts a central medallion in shades of blue and brown further surrounding itself in a gorgeous floral pattern on the open field. The rug further showcases a pictorial representation of Chinese butterflies that appear to buzz around the Buddha’s hand flower motifs—widely believed to signify themes of marital bliss and wealth/honor respectively. The corners are imbued with an elegant mix of floral and geometric elements for an added dimension in a similar colorway. The different borders showcase interpretations of the 19th century with a refined fret pattern being encased in a broad floral theme outlined by a minimal solid border in shades of blue for a luscious finishing touch. Existing in excellent condition with an unusual size and background color, a beautiful neoclassical choice for drawing rooms, dining rooms, home offices and an array of similar prestigious projects welcoming an Art Deco sensibility.
Connoisseurs may further note the yarn seems almost handspun, among the many elements connoting a more special workshop in the suspected origins of this antique rug.