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Wall carpet - 全國各族人民大團結
  • 全國各族人民大團結
    Beijing Carpet Factory Number One
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  • Object:

    Wall carpet

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1958 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beijing Carpet Factory Number One (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knotted silk pile and <i>soumak</i> weaving in metallic threads

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Wall carpet, knotted pile of coloured silks and flat metallic thread worked in the weft-wrapping weave known as pinjin in Chinese or soumak in the West. There is a yellow macramé fringe at each end.
The pictorial design is one commensurate with the movement known as the Great Leap Forward. The corners show, from top left clockwise, a bucket of molten steel, a wheatsheaf, cotton bolls and a truck of coal. The the top centre, against a red sky, is the emblem of the Peoples' Republic of China surrounded by doves. Below this, dancing on a green sward and encircled by a garland of flowers, grapes and peaches, are representatives of the national minority peoples of China. A soldier from the Peoples' Liberation Army plays the accordion.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1958 (made)


Beijing Carpet Factory Number One (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Knotted silk pile and soumak weaving in metallic threads


Width: 1215 mm Top edge, Width: 1230 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2330 mm Proper right edge, Length: 2350 mm Proper left edge

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1990/1340.

Descriptive line

'Whole Nation All Ethnic Groups United' wall carpet, knotted silk pile and metallic threads depicting a theme from the Great Leap Forward, made by Beijing Carpet Factory Number One, China,1958.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Verity, Chinese Textiles, London: V&A Publications, 2005, page 72, fig. 80
Spence, Jonathan, The Search for Modern China, New York: Norton, 1990 pp.574-83


Silk (textile); Metal thread


Knotted pile

Subjects depicted

Steel; Wheat; Cotton; People


Textiles; Household objects; Floor coverings


East Asia Collection

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