Antique Chinese, circa 1900 Only a spare assortment of tiny floral sprays comprises the field design of this elegantly understated antique Chinese carpet. Four rods punctuated with decorative balls make up a framing trellis around which winds a leafy vine or garland. The frame is perhaps reminiscent of the medievalizing designs of the contemporary English Arts and Crafts Movement, and this carpet may have been produced for export to the West. It is in any case a striking example of the skill of Chinese carpet designers who could achieve such an impressive decorative effect with a minimum of ornamental details.
Size: 16 ft 06 in x 17 ft 09 in (5.03 m x 5.41 m)