Antique Chinese Rug, Origin: China, Circa: Turn of the 20th Century – This classically beautiful antique Chinese rug is a beautiful tribute to indigenous designs, including the iconic phoenix and graceful cloud band, which have been transported to distant destinations where they continue to live on. The sparse, attractively rustic design features a graceful dueling phoenix centerpiece divided by naturalistic scroll work branches. The arching, stylized form of the two fenghuang birds is contained within a circular medallion that emphasizes the yin-yang duality of these powerful symbolic figures. Serpentine cloud band scrolls with wild color variations and billowing curves function as corner spandrels that fill in the understated composition. This beautiful antique rug features strong patches of the ultramarine ground peek through the airy composition and create a spectacular backdrop that offsets the avian figures and vaporous cloud-bands as if they were flying through a bright, deeply colored azure sky.