Chinese Rug, China, Early 20th Century – This beautifully stylized antique Chinese rug showcases a phenomenal assemblage of ornamental botanical motifs and auspicious animals arranged in an elegant decentralized composition that allows the ample negative space to highlight the important decorative figures. A graceful crane is the centerpiece of the circuitous composition that flows around the perimeter. Graceful butterflies frolicking near chrysanthemum blossoms are set near celestial dragons, oxen and elaborate chimera figures with flamboyant flycatcher tails. Stylized clouds, decorative water features, ribbon-like cloud bands and fiery dragon breath give the chic composition a holistic appearance and sense of elemental harmony. Warm papyrus neutrals are paired with tonal indigo details that enhance the elegant appearance of the carefully refined motifs that decorate the posh ecru field and elaborate floral borders.