Antiker US Import Chinese Rug
147 cm x 80 cm
Floral Antiker US Import Chinese Rug, beige with border
|Place of origin|
|Size||147 cm x 80 cm (= 1.18 qm)|
|Material||Flor: wool (natural dyes)|
Weft & Warp: cotton
|Year of manufacture||1910|
|Coloring||beige, dark blue|
Place of origin
It is likely that rugs were known very early on in China. The invasion of the Mongols around the year 1279, who not only carried Central Asian rugs with them, but also used them as tents and saddlery, boosted local production in China, which probably already existed at that time. An exhibition in Saint Louis in the USA in the year 1903 sparked interest in Chinese rugs among the Western world. Soon afterwards, rugs were produced in China solely for export to Europe and North America.
American Chinese rugs, which were knotted especially for the American market between 1900 and 1940, are considered a special kind. The colors and patterns of the American Chinese rugs are more minimalistic than traditional Chinese rugs and have been adapted to the US-American style of furnishing of that time. Only a few pieces from the USA reached Europe. Therefore the so-called American Chinese rugs are very rare in Europe. This antique US Import Chinese Rug is a collector's item. It is about 110 years old and, therefore, a really special piece. Antique rugs like this US Import Chinese Rug are still very popular and are sold at top prices by renowned auction houses.
The color scheme of this China rug is artistic, despite its limitation to a few shades. The refined arrangement of decorative elements is particularly striking in the overall design. The proportions are spacious and appear modern due to the spaced-out arrangement. Typical motifs are dragons, vases, peonies on abstract leaves and tendrils. The motifs are often found in central or corner medallions. At the edges there are often geometrical representations, especially swastikas, which are interwoven. The motifs are similar to those on Chinese porcelain, made during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Minimal technical variations in the production of classical Chinese rugs is a sign of strict tradition, which follows established rules. Despite the rather coarse execution, the pattern is executed with exceptional precision.
The edge of the rug is decorated with an edging (border). The border forms a excellent contrast to the center.
The background of this US Import Chinese Rug is beige. The border features beige and dark blue.
You are not the first to appreciate this US Import Chinese Rug. It has had owners before you who have cherished and used it. It was hand knotted about 1910. It has been thoroughly cleaned and only partially restored condition but is in good condition. We have not completely restored this US Import Chinese Rug because we think it is as it is a special charm. If you would like, we will of course restore the rug further for you. We can restore almost any rug to an almost perfect condition.
The technique used to dye the wool of the pile of this US Import Chinese Rug is over 200 years old. Dyeing with natural or plant-based dyes is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than dyeing with chemical dyes. For a bright red, for example, you would need about one kilogram of ground madder root as dye per kilogram of wool. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of dye per kilogram of wool. Spinning wool is also time-consuming and labour-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to spin wool by hand.
But the effort is worth it; high-quality wool retains its natural fat content when dyed with natural dyes. Natural dyes create fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural shades unfolds in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style but also as a contrasting element in modern interiors. The weft and warp threads of this US Import Chinese Rug are made of cotton. This versatile material is tear-resistant and stretchable and, therefore, ideal for a durable backing fabric.