This pictorial rug was handwoven around the Chinese/ Mongolian border during the mid 19th century.
The rug depicts a natural scene primarily of a variety of animals among trees and stones. Among the animals, deer, bats, goats and a pig can be found. The stones have the appearance of scholars' stones and are rendered in a lovely combination of blues, purples, and browns. Four endless knots can be found in each corner.
Around the perimeter are a bent ribbon inner border, a brown main border with a variety of auspicious symbols, and is framed by a solid brown outer border. Most of the browns have oxidized including the outer border which has been repiled.
In good condition for its considerable age. Lush pile with deeply oxidized browns. Some of the oxidized browns around the perimeters have been rewoven likely to reinforce the wholes. Soft and floppy handle.
These rugs were made in smaller quantities than other weavings in the region and rarer to find especially in this age and subject. Please don't hesitate to reach out for additional images or consultation about this piece.
Special Provenance: Estate of Thomas S. Buechner. Buechner was a former director of the Brooklyn Museum and the founding director of the Corning Museum of Glass.