Early 20th Century Samarkand Dragon Carpet BB6360 11'3" × 12'0" $38,000
For ages, Chinese wool rugs were made solely for internal consumption, and access to those weaving wonders was largely limited for Western consumers. It all changed in the dawn of the 20th century when Far Asia opened its markets and started catering for the world’s needs. It led to creation of a truly remarkable design – a merger between Eastern and Western aesthetics.
This outstanding vintage Chinese rug is the fruit of that indisputably successful marriage. On the royal crimson background, we have an incredibly symbolic scene of two dragons floating in the clouds – they represent celestial guardians. A dragon is the most powerful motif in Chinese design, being a harbinger of good fortune and the protector of the pearls of wisdom.
On the other hand, the borders bear more familiar motifs of flowers, frequently present on oriental Samarkand rug. The soft pile is masterfully hand-executed of the finest wool which ensures the ever-lasting quality. Despite being over 90 years old, the rug shows no signs of wear or blemish. This exotic composition will add an intriguing factor to any interior – it is a real treat for all vintage rug connoisseurs.
Early 20th Century Samarkand Dragon Carpet BB6360