Antique Mongolian Rug with Cloudbands and Longevity Symbols

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

The rare rugs of Mongolia have in recent years achieved a stature of their own. They differ from traditional 19th century Chinese carpets in that they typically employ geometric patterns taken from early Chinese iconography. Mongolian rugs are further distinguished by the use of lustrous wool of medium-high shear and by their floppy handle, resulting from the numerous weft passes inserted after each row of knots. Here the ivory background is decorated by a central geometric element and punctuated by a repeat pattern of stylised cloudbands. The geometric meander border is an appropriate frame for the refined and sober composition of this rug.

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