Small Geometric Vintage Chinese Art Deco Rug 418
This stunning antique Oriental Art Deco rug from China features a bold modernist asymmetrical array of diagonals and rectilinear geometric or biomorphic forms across the field.
Vintage Chinese Art Deco Rug, Country of Origin: China, Circa Date: First Quarter Of The 20th Century – This striking vintage Chinese rug incorporates the geometric elements of the Art Deco style. It was woven in the first half of the 20th century, around when Art Deco took a hold on the international scene.
This beautiful Art Deco Chinese rug features a striking array of sharp lines. Bold gold colors stand out in the foreground, drawing the eye away from the strong diagonal line that severs the middle. The linear nature of most of this vintage rug might remind the viewer of the strong designs of skyscrapers from the 1930’s or the parallel cables that hold a suspension bridge from the churning waters below. Perhaps, more specifically, the Golden Gate comes to mind — itself a masterpiece in the Art Deco style.
Aside from the strong gold accents, the colors are mostly muted pinks and grays. The detail is minimalist rather than ornate. The vintage Chinese Art Deco rug seeks to impress the viewer without overwhelming the eye. The gray geometric rug designs are almost industrial, reminiscent of concrete designs and towering buildings made of metal and stone. This Chinese Art Deco rug as a whole gives the distinct impression of being something straight out of the city, an abstract impression of urban life.
Not all of this impressive small size rug is dominated by images of the works of man, however. The gold details are reminders of the natural world beyond the city, with golden rug flowers and leaves growing at the borders of this geometric design. The flora is not pushed aside but instead flourishes within the lines of the city. The rectangular designs with fish and plants growing within their confines are clear references to the needs of agriculture and gives the message that no matter how urbanized humanity becomes, it can never quite be severed from its roots in nature. The overall picture this Chinese Art Deco rug draws is that of a concrete jungle that is not quite so concrete: man and nature working towards a common goal — the creation of the beautiful.