Beautiful Room Size Chinese Antique Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: China Rug, Circa Date: 1900 – This dreamy blue antique Chinese rug was produced around the turn of the 20th century. It is recognizably a formal piece of Chinese artwork and contains many of the common elements found in Asian art of that time. The design of this antique Peking rug centers on a central medallion with all other elements of the antique Oriental rug working to highlight the central design.
Aside from their striking beauty, the great rugs from China contain symbols that have special cultural meaning. Weaving is a Chinese art form that goes back thousands of years and many of the symbols found in these antique rugs have meanings that are as ancient as the art itself. In this rug, the central design contains a symbol that may represent a certain family, dynasty, ruler, or concept. One can see the clouds surrounding the central design, which are representative of a bright and prosperous future. Each floral element had its own specific meaning too.
The use of contrast separates the rug into formal elements, each of which has its own beauty and could stand alone. That is one of the key elements of Chinese art. Each of the symbols and elements of the rug design could easily stand alone, if the other elements were not present. This is one of the techniques used that makes the entire square size rug seem balanced and perfect in every way. In this rug, the lighter border background highlights the midnight blue of the central design.
Many elements of Chinese art connect to nature and represent the natural world. Blue in rugs is often representative of water or the sky. Plant elements connect the earth to the sky and represent man’s connection to the divine. This magnificent antique blue Peking Chinese rug is of superb quality and would make the perfect addition to an Asian-themed room or any traditional classic space.