TYPE: A baotou-suiyuan floral carpet

CIRCA: 1930

An unusual floral piece, from the Baotou-Suiyuan region of China, in that as opposed to the usual predominately blue colour, it has a central un-dyed brown camel hair field, which the floral emblems and central medallion appear to float in. The outer main border consists of interlinked ‘running’ swastikas, the design of which has been handled very well as can be seen by how the corners all link up perfectly. An inner secondary border features a leaning ‘key meander’. Natural dyes, and note from the photo of the back of the carpet that the blue color has not ‘run’ at one end, one can only assume the weaver must / may have simply run out / was running out of white wool and hence used a light blue (or a mix of light blue and white?) in its place at that end. Pile side of carpet is a little ‘soiled’ and could benefit from being professionally washed/cleaned, but the back is very clean as it once had a Tibetan type / favoured backing cloth, but the previous owner removed it. Other than that, it is in very good condition and a lovely carpet.

SIZE: 1.33m x 0.67m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: cotton

KNOT COUNT: Approx. 45 kpsi