Antique Chinese Dragon Rug, Country of Origin: China, Circa Date: Turn of the Twentieth Century – A truly magnificent piece, this daring and exciting dragon rug features a compelling, traditional Chinese rug, design headlined by a stately pair of imperial dragons. The Chinese dragon is an ancient and important symbol in China, representing cunning and power. Traditionally, the dragon is associated with the Chinese emperor – especially the five-clawed dragon. In this remarkable Oriental rug, a pair of dragons, one blue and one ivory, are set against a background of blue and ivory in a fascinating scene: the ivory dragon is woven into a thick swirl of blue clouds, while the blue dragon circles around a rocky spire, set against a repeating pattern of ivories. This contrast gives the entire carpet an overall impression of great unity and balance – ideas very important to traditional Chinese design. The borders complement the composition of the antique rug beautifully: an inner border of ivory decorated with bluebirds and an outer border of ivory and blue cloud bands. This antique Chinese dragon rug is a powerful and quite breathtaking example.