Chinese Carpet, late nineteenth centuryAlthough the weave and coloration of this elegant and unusual antique carpet are undoubtedly Chinese, the Mina Khani or vinescroll trellis design laden with palmettes and flowers is classic Persian. The drawing of the design is excitedly kinetic with delicate zig-zagging quality throughout. The effect of the design elements in red, soft blue and ivory against the black ground is strikingly effective, in perfect contrast to the pastel effect of the vinescroll border that frames the field. The silken reflective quality of the wool pile is also characteristic of the finest antique Chinese carpets of this kind.
Size: 12 ft 03 in x 14 ft 09 in (3.73 m x 4.50 m)