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Antique Ningxia Lattice Saddle Carpet

An antique Ningxia saddle carpet with a central lattice field of flower heads and 'ruyi' medallions roundels worked in polychrome wool yarn against a dark blue background woven on a cotton support. The central field is set off with inner key-fret and pearl borders and a scrolling floral design outer border. The saddle tie-down holes are reinforced with leather.
Circa 1850 AD
134 x 68 cm