Commercial Production for 90 Line rugs and carpets peaked mainly during the late 1970's to
the mid 1990's when demand soared as trade with China opened up. Such qualities they are still being made today in much lesser volume. These rugs are made
in China, woven using solid quality wool pile on cotton foundation. Although some artificial silk and true silk 90 line Chinese rugs exist, there are very, very few.
"Line" actually refers to the knot density, however almost synonymous with this quality measure is the word "thick". These rugs push almost 5/8" high, sometimes even more. This higher pile height permits the special production techniques of: embossing and "carving" the wool. The embossing is used to accentuate certain design elements or motifs by giving them a three dimentional feel with a pile height greater than surrounding designs.
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90 Line carpets are almost always one of three designs. 1:
Peking/traditional Chinese motif. Often you may see an endless knot in
the center of the rug, or some ornate vase decorations in the field
with stray eucalyptus leaves woven in the border with butterflies. 2:
Aubusson designs (derived from original French Aubusson carpet designs)
which typically feature large oblong shaped medallions, and floral
motif. And finally, 3: Modern designs. It's interesting to note
between all three of these previously mentioned designs is their
similar stylized tone. The type of carpet is very distinct, thick, and
the interpretation of all three designs all have similar feel as design
elements are similar, and colors used are often very close as well.
Colors used are predominantly pastel in nature, although bold
contrasting colors using Chinese Power colors such as black and red
exist as well.
How to identify a 90 Line Chinese? "Coarser" knot count, triple or quadruple yarn ply and, typically, a 2" woven apron (or "kilim") with a knotted, finished fringe.
One or more example(s) photographed above courtesy Dilmaghani & Co.
inventory of their NY Rug Outlet, Oriental Rug Warehouse
or NY showroom of Oriental Rugs