Chinese Rug, China, Early 20th Century – Reminiscent of latticework upholstery with Oriental undertones, this exquisite antique Chinese carpet depicts an elaborate tile pattern that is rendered in a refined combination of ecru, aqua and ultramarine blue. Dainty quatre foil markers highlight the intersection of each latticework tile, which incorporates a beautiful variety of colors. The varied color scheme creates a motley patchwork appearance that has a naturalistic and whimsical style that accurately captures the varied look of glazed tiles. Half-tile inner borders feature grid-line tic-tac-toe motifs and varied colors that form a pleasant zigzag pattern. The formal main borders are decorated with segmented blossoms and chic pastel colors that complete the inventive composition of this antique Chinese rug, which cleverly uses a simple tile motif in a variety of imaginative ways.