TYPE: A ningxia ‘above saddle’ carpet

CIRCA: 1900 – 1920

A colourful above saddle carpet that appears to have been made in the Ningxia region of China. These were usually made as a two piece set, that is an odd shaped one for below the saddle, and – usually – an oblong shaped one for above the saddle. The main border consist of interlinked swastikas, while the inner border features a single key meander. At either end of the burnished gold center field are clouds, mountains and waves. At the very center is what could loosely be interpreted as a double dorje design, but more likely a flower, surrounded by trellis like work, and anchored by four distinctive flowers in the main field. A colourful but overall pleasing design possibly made for the Tibetan market. A mix of aniline and natural dyes, and un-dyed wool. In fairly good condition for its age, although missing a few rows of knots at one end, and showing wear commensurate with use as an above saddle carpet.

SIZE: 0.81m x 0.50m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: Approx. 50 kpsi

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