Antique Chinese Baotou Carpet
Late 19th/early 20th century
Wool, wood frame
24" x 46"

This carpet was woven in the city of Baotou, in what is now Inner Mongolia. The rugs produced in this region were known for their dense, plush pile, and the pictorial ones were particularly coveted. Images were chosen for a symbolic as well as decorative purpose. This one has a camel-colored background with a stylized stag and crane, representing longevity.