Antiker US Import Chinese Rug
150 cm x 94 cm
Floral Antiker US Import Chinese Rug, dark blue with border and Medaillon
|Place of origin|
|Size||150 cm x 94 cm (= 1.41 qm)|
|Material||Flor: wool (handspun, natural color)|
Weft & Warp: cotton
|Year of manufacture||1930|
|Coloring||dark blue, yellow|
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 90 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 embellished edging (border) forms a excellent contrast to the center and creates a transition at the edge of the rug.
In the middle of the central field of this US Import Chinese Rug is the symmetrical center, also called medallion. The design of the field is arranged in such a way that it gives the impression that the medallion is floating on the field.
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 background of this US Import Chinese Rug is dark blue. The border features yellow, light blue and dark blue. The light blue center combines the colors blue gray and light brown.
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 1930. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.
The technique used to produce the materials of the pile of this US Import Chinese Rug is over 200 years old. The wool is dyed with natural colors and spun by hand. Dyeing with natural or vegetable 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 per kilogram of wool as dye. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of the dye madder per kilogram of wool. Also spinning wool is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to hand spin wool.
But the effort is worth it: By dyeing with natural dyes, the high-quality wool retains its natural fat content. Wool dyed with natural colors and spun by hand creates fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural hues unfolds as a contrasting element in modern interiors, but also in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style. 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.