Gift of Barrie Thorne and Peter Lyman
"This most beautiful rug depicts fourteen elegenatly drawn cartouches ontaining images from the 'hundred antiques' and flowers, and one partially-unrolled scroll painting, which depicts a landscape scene. The cartouches and scroll are set against a dark blue ground. The patterns within each of the cartouches are different, as are the shapes of the cartouches. Included within the cartouches are different, as are the shapes of the cartouches. Included within the cartouches are a brush pot, books, a weigi board, an archaic bronze and various ceramic pots, symbolising the attributes of the great scholar who must have ordered this carpet to be made.
The field is enclosed by narrow bands in ivory, light blue and dark blue, and then a wide border with large inward-pointing flowers in dark blue, light-blue and ivory, each flanked by scrolling stems and set against a tan-coloured background, originally a dark red. Around the border are further narrow bands in dark blue, light blue and ivory and then a wide dark brown outer frame.
This is one of only three carpets known that have a field pattern composedof shaped cartouches and the 'hundred antiques'." Peter Franses, November 2005