TYPE: a baotou-suiyuan dias cover carpet

CIRCA: 1920’s

A pictorial carpet from the Baotou-Suiyuan region of China that, given its dimensions, was probably used for, or intended for. a raised dias cover. It shows two deer, one spotted, against a backdrop of mountains, being overflown by an auspicious red crowned crane, venerated by the Chinese. The red crowned crane, in Taoism (an ancient philosophy come religion in China). is associated with  immortality and longevity and is often featured in legend and myths. The outer main border features a very well executed alternating swastika / sauwastika design. The carpet is primarily un-dyed wool (white, and range of browns from light mocha through to dark brown) with some of the wool having been dyed purple. However, over time the purple has almost completely faded from the face of the carpet, as it was obviously not a light-fast dye, although this does not distract from the design. There is a small old repair in lower left corner. Overall however a beautiful decorative piece with a very pleasant tone and in very good condition.

SIZE: 1.68m x 1.63m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: 25 kpsi

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