This intriguing and elegant antique square-shaped Chinese carpet draws winged 'S'-shaped elements against an ivory ground. Corner pieces gracefully trace vine scroll in indigo with winged bats drawn in walnut brown. Bat imagery is seen as fortuitous in Chinese art and culture because the Chinese word for this animal, Fú, is a homophone for the word prosperity or fortune represented by the character, 福. Of particular merit is the border composed of a scale pattern reminiscent of the type found in the drawing of dragons in earlier Ningxia weaving.
Peking rug19th C (1st Q)
- Visible corrosion in areas of dark brown. Slight unraveling of ends
- 9' 9"
- 10' 1"
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