Cut Velvet Floor Spread
This is a cut velvet floor spread made in China in the 19th century. It is made out of cut silk velvet and metal thread.
This carpet was woven with a dark gray silk and metal-thread ground, voided to reveal red and light gray scrolling foliage and lotus flowers. Three of the four sides have a border with red dragons. Directional floor spreads like this one were typically used in a setting that included a throne, which would have been placed on the side without a border.
Circa: 19th century
Material: Cut silk velvet with brocading
Condition: A repaired tear on one edge. Some worn areas, mostly excellent
Dimensions: 96" x 77"
Inventory number: TX3920