The benevolent Chinese dragon design is a protective symbol that is closely associated with the Orient. Traditional Chinese rugs display mythical creatures reminiscent of cultural legend, and this piece is a fine example. That said, it is worth noting that up to the mid to late Qing dynasty in China, the five clawed dragons were generally earmarked specifically for prices and emperors.
In this beautiful and simplistic antique Chinese rug, we see 4 beautifully drawn out dragons – each with five claws. Each one of the Chinese dragons is situated in its own corner of the antique Oriental rug. The top as well as the bottom two dragons are fondly casting their gazes towards each other.
The beautiful and expansive black color background of the main field of this antique rug creates a wonderfully artistic juxtaposition. This gives us a feel as though we are looking up at these beautiful beasts who are flying overhead high up in dark night sky.
Upon closer inspection of each benevolent dragon design, it can be seen that each individual dragon is ornately detailed. The facial features and expression of each majestic beast is so carefully and artistically delineated. From the proud eyes and fearsome fangs, to the powerful claws and flowing tail, the dragon designs on this breathtaking room size rug are finely detailed and give each creature life.
The dark color background of this black antique Chinese rug serves well to emphasize the ornate benevolent dragon designs, as it draws the eye to the images of these beautiful mythical beasts. Serving as a striking and bold centerpiece, the velvety darkness of this rug is both refined and daring.
This black antique Chinese rug is so versatile that it could easily be worked into many different interior design approaches. Weather modern, Oriental or classic interiors, this antique carpet is sure to add an authentic artistic flair.