Early Chinese Ningxia Seat

Early Chinese Ningxia Seat



This early Chinese Ningxia seat is an extremely harmonious, well balanced weaving.

The roundel in the centre with the five swastika is echoed in the fretted pattern of the spandrels. (There is a clear similarity to the spandrels in the large Ningxia carpet on this website, see https://www.christopherleggeorientalcarpets.com/products/view/chinese-ningxia-carpet/  )The central circle is surrounded by four large, off white lotus flowers which are connected by elegantly swerving tendrils in two shades of blue.

The dye, probably log wood, has faded from its original red to this delicate, yellow-brown hue typical of Ningxia weavings of this age.

The square is in full pile, and the sides have been replaced