Chinese Rugs - Antique Carpet Collection from China

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Antique Chinese Rugs and Carpets as opposed to most of the antique rug productions were woven almost exclusively for internal consumption. Since they were mostly sheltered from European and western influences, this offers us the reason why these carpets have a very unique truly ethnically Chinese look and appeal. Only during the early part of the 19th century did they open their markets to the countries of the west (for rugs – they have been exporting porcelain, bronzes, wooden and other works of art for many years prior to the 19th century). It is during this period (the early 1900′s and on) that we see a major and unmistakable change in the production, abandoning the traditional ornamental look to a more open and even Chinese Art Deco design. This shift in production brought with it a more commercial approach to the Chinese rug market with less attention to the quality and artistry of every single piece to more mass appeal look and price. This explains why there are so many of the so called art deco Chinese carpets in the market today.

To attain the true essence of Chinese weaving one merely needs to compare the pre- 1910 production to the later ones. While the textile industry in China is rich in history and centuries old the earliest surviving examples of the craft are believed to have been produced during the time of Ch’ung Chen, the last emperor of the Ming dynasty who died during the first half of the 17th century.The Ming dynasty which followed survived until the creation of the Chinese republic in 1912. This would be a good time to note that while most rugs are attributed to a specific manufacturer or region, authorities and scholars attribute the age vintage of any specific rug to the ruling emperor of the time. In stark difference from the other rug weaving origins, in China, the artistic impression far exceeded the importance of the quality of any said piece, the end result being that some of the beautiful pieces have coarser knotting. Rich in culture, history and folklore Chinese carpets incorporate design almost never seen in any other type of rug. Dragons, local art and ornamental objects are almost always a trademark of these productions.

Widely seen in Chinese rugs one also finds the Pinyan Wan – (a symbol that has been associated with the horrible acts of the Nazi party) over 3000 years old this symbol, which even predates both the Egyptian Ahnk, the symbol used to represent harmony and Dharma, the balance of opposites. Chinese Rugs are some of the most collectible rugs in the market today, sought after by collectors and consumers alike. They are widely appreciated for their uniqueness for they truly look like no other rug… instantaneously taking the onlooker on a journey to a place and time that is far simpler calmer than the world we live in today (thus achieving the goal of any truly great work of art).

The Art Deco Chinese rugs were made in China during the 1920s and 1930s. The most recognizable rugs were made by Walter Nichols, an American who set up factories in China. The most prolific weaving center was in Tientsin where the designs tended to be more open and spacious than Oriental carpets. Nichols” rugs are usually made of wool and silk and have a thick plushy and luxurious feel. They are designed with both medallion as well as all-over formats. Frequently design elements include pictorial scenes, trees, clouds, mountains, dragons, birds and exotic flowers. Colors are very lively and energetic, rich jewel tones of magenta, turquoise, emerald, ruby and violet are common.

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126 Rugs Found in Chinese Rugs

Antique Chinese Embroidery 46184

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 0 ft 8 in x 0 ft 8 in
          (0.2 m x 0.2 m)
Created in China, this antique embroidered textile features an elegantly styled medallion filled with graceful butterflies, ornate flowers and fluid vine scrolls.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge 46183

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 0 ft 10 in x 0 ft 10 in
          (0.25 m x 0.25 m)
Endless fretwork mazes decorate the borders and background of this elegant antique Chinese rank badge along with many auspicious symbols and precious objects.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge 46181

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 0 ft 11 in x 0 ft 11 in
          (0.28 m x 0.28 m)
Rendered in a spectacular variety of gilt hues, this magnificent antique Chinese rank badge depicts a majestic bird surrounded by symbols and precious objects.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge 46113

Style: Antique Tapestry
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 0 ft 10 in x 0 ft 11 in
          (0.25 m x 0.28 m)
This exquisite antique Chinese rank badge depicts a stately silver pheasant perched on a rock surrounded by auspicious symbols and scrolling ruyi-shaped clouds.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge 46182

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 1 ft x 1 ft
          (0.3 m x 0.3 m)
This richly detailed antique Chinese rank badge features an exquisite composition and an elegant color scheme that is arranged in chic polychromatic combinations.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge 46119

Style: Rank Badge
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 1 ft x 1 ft
          (0.3 m x 0.3 m)
Lavishly decorated, this pair of elegant antique Chinese rank badges showcases shimmering silver pheasants surrounded by a selection of traditional symbols.

Antique Chinese Rug 47225

Style: Chinese Art Deco Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 1 ft 2 in x 1 ft 2 in
          (0.36 m x 0.36 m)
Simplified and distilled to the most essential elements, this antique Chinese pile mat depicts a striking shou-symbol medallion surrounded by strong indigo borders.

Imperial Chinese Rank Badge 46114

Style: Rank Badge
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 1 ft 2 in x 1 ft 2 in
          (0.36 m x 0.36 m)
This stunning antique Chinese rank badge features a circular dragon emblem surrounded by dramatic symbols and richly detailed motifs set over a square background.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge/pair 46127

Style: Rank Badge
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 0 ft 8 in x 1 ft 4 in
          (0.2 m x 0.41 m)
This elegant pair of antique civil second-rank badges from China depicts a detailed golden pheasant rendered in a fitting combination of gilded floss and black.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge/pair 46125

Style: Rank Badge
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 0 ft 10 in x 1 ft 11 in
          (0.25 m x 0.58 m)
Buddhist symbols rendered in shimmering floss create a stunning pattern that supports the stylized predators featured in this pair of antique military rank badges.

Antique Chinese Rank Badge/pair 46126

Style: Rank Badge
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 1 ft x 1 ft 11 in
          (0.3 m x 0.58 m)
Paradise flycatchers with luxuriant tail feathers are featured alongside ancient symbols and precious objects in this splendid pair of antique Chinese rank badges.

Antique Chinese Oriental Carpets 2166

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft
          (0.61 m x 0.61 m)
This highly unusual antique Oriental pile saddlecloth rug from China has floral field and border surmounted by a classic Chinese cloud pattern.

Antique Chinese Oriental Carpets 44845

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 1 ft 9 in x 2 ft
          (0.53 m x 0.61 m)
Gradient lotus blossoms and subtle floral motifs decorate the borders and field of this antique Chinese rug.

Antique Chinese Oriental Carpets 44848

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 1 ft 9 in x 2 ft
          (0.53 m x 0.61 m)
This charming Chinese rug features an elegant floral medallion framed by whimsical borders.

Antique Chinese Ming Dynasty Textile 40494

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft 1 in
          (0.61 m x 0.63 m)
This sumptuous antique Oriental silk textile from China has an exquisitely drawn classical Chinese design of staggered lotus palmettes, vines and cloudbands.

Antique Chinese Oriental Carpets 44843

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 2 ft 4 in x 2 ft 4 in
          (0.71 m x 0.71 m)
This colorful rug from China features a delicate floral medallion and complementary spandrels set over a salmon-colored background.

Antique Chinese Oriental Carpets 682

Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 2 ft 1 in x 2 ft 6 in
          (0.63 m x 0.76 m)
This antique Oriental Chinese rug is the epitome of reserved elegance and classic subtlety.

16th Century Ming Dynasty Dragon Chinese Carpet 47381

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 3 ft x 3 ft
          (0.91 m x 0.91 m)
Crafted during the illustrious Ming Dynasty, this 16th century Chinese creation typifies the beloved dragon carpet with its undulating body and celestial vapors.

Antique Chinese Ningsia Rug 46743

Style: Ningxia Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 3 ft 7 in
          (0.61 m x 1.09 m)
Crafted in the early 19th century, this antique Chinese Ningsia rug features an exquisite bidirectional landscape composition embellished with auspicious creatures.

Antique Chinese Rug 44823

Style: Chinese Rug
Origin: Chinese Rugs
Size: 2 ft 3 in x 3 ft 9 in
          (0.69 m x 1.14 m)
This Chinese carpet features a series of auspicious floral motifs woven with a combination of golden-yellow and dark blue.

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