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ningxia antique rug
ningxia antique rug

S/N: N0085
circa:late 19thC
0.70 x 1.69 (28in.X 67in.)
Paraphrasing of the Dermatoglyphic Pattern:
“Eight treasure of Buddhism”
Breaking branch flower dermatoglyphic pattern

Ningxia rug, hand knotted wool, Western China, 19thC, good pile, ends expertly rewoven in China, Fu dogs are used for the two medallions, sometimes called a lioness and her cub, soft fruit red with a yellow border, rose, apricot, and shades of blue.

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Expert's comment of Beijing Imperial Palace Museumt(top museum of China)

Name of Work : Lion and Flowers on Plush Red base carpet
Origin of Work:
This work was collected when the the collector's friend went to Ningxia for an errand many years ago , for giving assistance to a certain family, this carpet was subsequently presented to his friend.
Characteristics of the Work; The carpet is 228 cm long and 70 cm wide. While the main color is woodish red, it also includes deep blue, pale blue, yellow, chalk, golden yellow color etc Its edge is adorn with lotus flower trimmings. Its motive is composed of twin lions and flowered vines decorated with crysanthemum flowers, buddha's palm and granate fruit symbolizing the fruitful progeneration of one's bloodline. The carpet is closely weaved with a relatively long down.
Related background information: During the Ming and Qing period , Ningxia had already become a main destination centre in the Northwest neighbouring the Alayssian Highlands to the NW of Helan mountain. At that time Allaysian wool was traded here and weaved into carpets. This kind of Alayssian wool carpets came to be called Ningxia Carpets.
At the end of Ming and the beginning of the Qing periods , the areas temples under went large scale expansion and Ningxia carpets were used as adornments inside the temples. With its increased demand, Ningxia carpet industry begain to quickly flourish. The special character of Ningxia carpets is their color combination, typically blue colored flowers and vines , will be combined with red, yellow and pale blue colors, with the considered use of colors, colors may also vary depending on status. Yellow being specially reserved for royal use, red for aristocrats and those of high estate.
Appraisal Expert: Liu Baojian, Beijing Imperial Palace Museum, has been involved in the research in items used in ancient palaces for over 20 years.  
Expert's comment: This rug was made after Qianlong period Qing Dynasty, hand made carpet from Ningxia area. The main adorning picture involves symbolic animals and flowers, its main arrangement gives prominance to the motive with a balanced addition of adornments. Its compostion is auspicious. Apart from the main woodish red base color, it possesses 8 or 9 other colors from plant dyes. The freshness and endurance of its colors being its most special features. This is where its superiority lies. Based on its weave, it was placed in a temple corridor, but for unknown reasons, alterations were made to it which are still visible, this is the blemish on this carpet, without which its price would be much higher by many times (approx. RMB120000) so this is extremely regretful. Nontheless based on the skill and production year, its has not loss its basic price as a collectable. Especially as this type of carpets are rare in today's antique carpet market, an estimated price of 50000 RMB would not be excessive.


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