Chinese Ming Dynasty, circa 1950
11'7" x 8'11"
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Sizes are approximate. Photographs are not necessarily exact for color.
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Chinese carpets posses on the whole a great splendour of colours, in particular wool carpets decorated with floral designs such as this piece. The predominating ground-color of this piece is yellow. To obtain this color the wood of yellow-timbered sumach-trees Rhus succedanea have been used and also the half opened buds of Sophora japonica, the husks of the seeds of the gardenia, and the wood of the Cudrania triloba, with which substance all fabrics in yellow for the earlier imperial courts were dyed.
This design is derived from those used in Chinese silk weaving which pre-dates the period of Chinese carpet making itself. Its field features several peach blossoms, one orchid, prunus flowers in three corners and multiple lotus flowers. The borders of this fine piece, in addition to lotuses and prunuses, feature bamboo leaves and artemisia leaves.
The lotus is one of the most significant flowers in the Chinese culture. It symbolizes the holy seat of Buddha. Because the flower rises from the mud and blooms in exquisite beauty it symbolizes perfection and purity of both the heart and mind. It also represents long life and honor. In Chinese culture, the orchids within the carpets field symbolize scholarly pursuits and they represent nobility, integrity and friendship. They symbolize a cultured gentleman and scholar. They are often featured in other Chinese artwork as well.
Older carpets (antique or vintage) are rugs that date back to the last 100 years. Rugs that are 50 to 99 years of age are referred to as semi-antiques.
They are typically crafted with hand-spun wool and eco-friendly organic dyes, which have a luminous surface, providing an illusion of depth. They have a wonderful patina and character which cannot be usually captured in a newer piece. Each antique carpet is different, as they are found in every type of home and add warmth to pristine and minimalist spaces.
Oriental & Persian carpet designs began to change at the turn of the 20th century, as Western influence expanded across the Middle East. At the time, the native cultural designs began to lose their authenticity because their ability to maintain traditional designs diminished. As the Industrial Revolution came about, preserving traditional master craft techniques became more of a challenge.
- Antique rugs are made of natural fibers such as, wool, cotton and silk. New rugs are made from a variety of fibers including synthetic and natural fibers such as, mercerized cotton, faux silk often called "Art Silk", silk blends and artificial fibers such as, olefin.
- If the rug has signs of wear but still appears to be vibrant, this is an indication of a genuine antique carpet.
- For insurance purposes, you should always obtain a Certificate of Authenticity from the dealer, which should include the size, origin, age, style, materials, knot density, condition and estimated retail value.
- An authentic Oriental rug will not have a brand name associated with it and it will not be hand-tufted.