Ningxia, as used today is a quality
designation. They have soft wools, low density of knots and heavy use of
soft colors, especially yellow, and to some extent pinks. The motifs are in
general use in other types of Chinese rugs but are rendered in a less
constricted manner, ie. looser.
These rugs are in my
opinion, and most others, the most beautiful and well designed of all the
Chinese rugs. They embody a very soft feel and at times an almost dreamlike
quality that is very difficult to put into words. This type of rug has to be
experienced; words alone simply cannot do the task.
The geography is much
easier. Ningxia is a semi independent area in North Central China bounded by
Inner Mongolia with the Yellow River running through
it. It has been known for hundreds of years for its wool production.