Kangxi era carpet

Kangxi era carpet


The Chinese carpet weaving tradition has historically leaned towards subtlety and harmony in both it's use of color and design. This carpet, dating to the Kangxi emperor's reign in the second half of the 17th century, exemplifies this tradition. The field design of Lotus blossoms connected by a system of elegantly drawn vines is simultaneously simple and sophisticated. Meanwhile, the color palette eschews drama in favor of a serene harmony. An archetypal example of its type, this carpet is an historically important work of art by any measure. 

  • Condition - Commensurate with age. Heavily worn in areas. Mostly original with a few old replied areas on each side border. Intact and complete.

  • Size - 10’ x 8’

  • Age - Circa 1700 or earlier

  • Technical information - Wool pile. Cotton warp and cotton weft. Asymmetrically knotted.

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