Antique Mongolian Rug with Cloud Bands and Longevity Symbols

Circa 1850
Northern China
206 cm x 123 cm
6'9" x 4'0"

This antique Mongolian rug with cloud bands and longevity symbols is one of the reasons the rare rugs of Mongolia have achieved a stature of their own in recent years. They differ from traditional 19th-century Chinese carpets, typically employing geometric patterns from early Chinese iconography.

Mongolian rugs are further distinguished by lustrous wool of medium-high shear and their floppy handle, as a result of the numerous weft passes inserted after each row of knots.

In this beautiful Mongolian rug, the ivory background is decorated by a central geometric element and punctuated by a repeat pattern of stylised cloud bands. In addition, the geometric meander border is appropriate for this rug’s refined and sober composition.

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