TYPE: a baotou-suiyuan circular carpet

CIRCA: early 1900’s

A almost circular small auspicious carpet from the Baotou-Suiyuan region of China.  Five bats, signifying good luck or happiness (by the play on words as bat and happiness are both spelt the same in China) surrounding the shou sign, which itself is a symbol for longevity. So this design could be interpreted as bestowing on the owner happiness and a long life. Natural dyes and un-dyed brown wool. The pile is worn as seen in the photo, but the carpet is stable and has at some point in its life been edged with a blue cotton textile.

SIZE:  diameter 0.76m wide x 0.72m high

WARP: cotton

WEFT: cotton

KNOT COUNT: 42 kpsi

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