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Even we have the high lever science and technology
now, it is impossibility to make better carpet than antique carpet.
China carpet has 2200 years history. In the 17th and 18th centuries during late Ming and early Qing dynasties, China carpet had become ripe absolutely. In late period of 19th century, Chinese carpet reached its full maturity. After this period, the machine and chemical dye enter into China, the China carpet went through huge variance, give up her carpet tradition style. So only carpet with at least 100 years could be named antique carpet. The carpet with less 100 years called old carpet.
Wool: the wool was the main raw materials, the texture, feeling and life of carpet depend on it. China antique carpet use origin wool without reformative, the springy fibre is long with high density and highly lustrous. China antique carpet with this kind of wool can last a lifetime. These carpet be washed and still keep their shape and color, and will still give you pleasure for more tan 100 years to come. Some species of sheep have become extinct because they could not adapt to a environment pollution. It is difficult look for the good quality wool. None of wool of today can equal them.
Hand spun yarn: The wool was carded and spun by hand, it would not hurt the wool fiber, making a yarn with a characteristic nubby texture, hand spun yarn can increase carpet’s life.
Nature dye: this is the charm of China antique carpet. During 100 years use and after solarization, washing, stepping and grinding, the color is still bright. This is because nature dye of China antique carpet. Nature dyestuff include plant dyestuff and Mineral dyestuff. Plant dyestuff originated from natural flowers grass and roots after boil and squeeze.
Such as: Cape jasmine—containing xanthein; indigo glass—containing blue pigment; Saffron—containing haematochrome. There are many kinds of mineral dyestuffs such as vermilion, red soid
Fine workmanship：it is a different with modern carpet worker, the craftsman of antique carpets could weave the carpet depend on their high level accomplishment and creative power not that help of blueprint.
The culture and history value of antique carpet
At beginning of the 20th century, British Aurel Stein found tufted wool carpet relic with knots made by the Western Han Dynasty in Han Tomb of Lop Nur of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Regin. This is the earliest unearthed tufted carpet in the world up the now.[the Western Regions Archeology] It needs means to record and promulgate the civilized results. The most effective tool is book. The other tools include buildings, vessels, artworks and articles for use, etc. Using as ancient household goods and artworks, the pattern and dermatoglyphic pattern of carpet record the history developing clue of technology, culture, religion, local conditions and customs, philosophy, esthetic, and thought of ancestor. Carpet can regard as colorful article for use or elegance and dignity art. So, it is more vivid and direct than books to record history in some aspects.
There are some China antique carpet preserved in permanent collections by some famous museums and science institutes and have been studied in major. In the famous Auction such as the Sotheby’s and Christie's, China antique carpets often appear, more people like them very much. Because the die out of China antique carpet’s materials and technics, the quantity of China antique carpet are rare, their value is increasing now. Back to top
● Which kind of antique carpet
is the best?
China antique carpet including: Ningxia, Tibet, Beijing, Mongolia and Xinjiang. Ningxia antique carpet has used in temple and royal court. Most of other kind of carpet has been used in civilian. Ningxia antique carpet were used by imperial court and temples,Ninghsia antique carpet is the best antique carpet not only in China, but also in the world.
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A Chinese carpet of at least a 100 years in age
is commonly referred to as an antique carpet. Other carpets with a shorter
history are referred to as old carpet.After the late period of the 19th
century, machine production and chemical dyestuffs begain to enter into
China allowing mass production at low cost As such, the pains-taking and
traditional method of weaving antique carpets began to die out. So old carpet
s are seen as having a large difference in
value with antique carpets . Now in the antique market, most of carpets are old carpets are reproductions for antique carpets . Antique Chinese carpet s are therefore a rare and unique investment which will appreciate over time. Back to top
● It is top grade wool is better than antique carpet wool?
No, it is not. Everywhere of earth including the Everest and South Pole have been polluted. In this entironment, the wool quality is worse than antique wool. Back to top
● traditional dye ≠ natural dye
Now some carpet named traditional dye, in fact, it is dyed by hand in a traditional vat process. Today, most of these plants are used as medicinal material; may of the minerals today are used as special painting color. Such as Saffron, its output is very low, 8.5kg/ hectare. The price of saffron is computation according to gram. The price of top grade saffron is usd 1000—2000/kg [CBG]. If we dye wool by saffron, the value of carpet should be a very prodigious price. Back to top
● “Ningxia” antique carpet
There are a few ningxia antique carpets in the market, in good condition’s carpet is rare thereinto. Some “Ningxia” antique carpets in Market were made in zuoqi area (Inner mogolia)。The ningxia antique carpet with the good authority of us have been recognized by authority of China. Back to top
● the price of our china antique carpet
On the assumption that we could search the technics which have died out, use the top grade wool and copy the same quality with antique carpet, their cost should be very higher than the price of antique carpet.
Because we are the origin of China antique carpet, our price are typically around half or less of the cost of the same carpet in the US. Europe or Japan,every year we sell antique carpets wholesale to overseas.In fact, our price is lower not only than abroad but also than luxury showroom in China.
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Antique carpet / rugs including: Xinjiang antique carpet (Sinkiang Khotan Shamerhan antique rugs), Inner Mongolia antique carpet (Baotou & Suiyuan antique rugs), Tibet antique carpet (Tibetan tsukdruk Wangden antique rugs), Ninghsia antique carpet (Ningxia antique rugs), Beijing antique carpet (Peking antique rugs), Semi-antique carpet and Modern carpet silk carpet.