Imperial Workshops of Beijing
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Daoguang period (1820-1850)
177 x 270 cm
Cotton warp and weft
small areas of low pile
The inscription reads:
For Imperial use in the Palace of Great Benevolence
Dragons, Orientalis, 2009
Mar 12 – Apr 30, 2009 – Danon Gallery, New York
D R A G O N S
Nine Imperial Court Carpets from the Qing Dynasty
Parvizyar gallery, Milano
The motifs depicted on the carpets draw upon an age-old tradition. They have many interpretative levels and degrees of profundity, combining elements of Taoist, Confucian, Buddhist and Shamanistic origin.
A carpet is intrinsically a magic object, a solemn and miraculous space connected to religion and to ritual. In the sacred texts of Hinduism – the weft and weave is a metaphor for the weave of the cosmos: a series of knots and bonds connecting all beings, who are subject to the same heavenly plan.