Antique Chinese Column Rug, Origin: China, Circa: 1900 – This elegant antique rug from China features a benevolent dragon with a serpentine tail and finely scaled body that travels beyond the edges of the field. Contrasting outlines, intricate reptilian scales and animated details enliven the mighty serpentine dragon that soars across the field. This mystical dragon is depicted with a symbolic ball or flaming pearl said to represent the irreplaceable gifts of wisdom, life and spiritual enlightenment. As a powerful, benevolent creature, the mystical dragon is surrounded by spiraling clouds believed to illustrate the rain that is formed by the dragon’s fiery breath. The traditional composition includes a decorative island, unfurling shrubs and spiraling ruyi clouds that radiate colorful sunrays.