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This second half 19th century Gansu measures 44 X
60. It has a mocha field and major border which is very rare for this type of
rug. The field has a full on red headed crane
with his wings spread out behind him. This depiction of a crane leans to 17th-century. The field is the so-called coin design. The corners are Chinese fretwork with a large
chrysanthemum. The minor borders are pearl
motif on a navy ground; meandering Ss in ivory on a navy ground; and the minor
border is an extension of the field motif on the same color ground. The blue outer border is missing across the top and
bottom. There is a $.50 size hole in the top
of the field by the pearl border, as visible in the picture.
This is a very, very interesting rug. The
last one I had that looked like this had a yellow field, was a 6 x 9, and sold for over
$30,000. The buyer pays the shipping with
insurance of $75.00.
Contact: Robert Mosby