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Chinese Rugs & Carpets

Antique Chinese carpets and rugs are specifically sought after for their unique literal designs that distinguish from European counterparts. Originally made of wool, Chinese carpets and rugs are typically decorated with symbols of longevity and good luck. Dragons, phoenixes, lotus flowers, and birds are all very common stitched-in motifs.

With the advent of Western trade and influences, the Chinese began to create rugs in large quantities for the purpose of export. The rugs produced during this time, during the 19th and 20th centuries, are mostly considered Chinese Art Deco rugs. While these rugs still have many of the same Chinese aesthetics in regards to form and color, traditional rug making was largely abandoned for more commercial practices.


Quick Facts

  • Chinese carpets and rugs tend to have uneven or coarse knotting as the value lies more in the quality of the image rather than the quality of the rug itself
  • During the 1920s to 1930s, American Walter Nichols established an Art Deco rug making practice in China. These rugs are distinguishable by their bold colors and exotic patterns
  • Evidence of the creation of rugs in China can be seen on early Tang Dynasty paintings from over one thousand years ago. These rugs were much more monochromatic, featuring blues and beiges rather than bold, bright colors

Recommended Items at Auction

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INDO-TIBETAN STYLE WOOL TIGER RUG
Nov 03, 10:00 AM EDT
INDO-TIBETAN STYLE WOOL TIGER RUG
by Potomack Company
Est: $100- $200
$2254 Bids
Ningxia 5 Dragon Rug, China, 19th C., 3'4'' x 3'1''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Ningxia 5 Dragon Rug, China, 19th C., 3'4'' x 3'1''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$2003 Bids
Antique Nichols Rug, China, 7.11 x 9.8
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
Antique Nichols Rug, China, 7.11 x 9.8
by Alex Cooper
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7502 Bids
ANTIQUE ART DECO, NING XIA CHINESE RUG, EARLY 19TH C
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE ART DECO, NING XIA CHINESE RUG, EARLY 19TH C
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $600- $1,200
$1202 Bids
Two Tibetan Rugs, Late 19th C.
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Tibetan Rugs, Late 19th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2252 Bids
Velluto di lana su base di cotone
Nov 07, 11:00 AM CET
Velluto di lana su base di cotone
by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €300- €600
€3202 Bids
Chinese Art Deco Rug, Early 20th C., 8'2'' x 9'10''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Art Deco Rug, Early 20th C., 8'2'' x 9'10''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5002 Bids
Chinese Art Deco Rug, Early 20th C., 5'11'' x 8'7''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Art Deco Rug, Early 20th C., 5'11'' x 8'7''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Room Size Art Deco Chinese Rug
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Room Size Art Deco Chinese Rug
by Regency Auction House
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
ANTIQUE CHINESE RUG. 5 ft x 3 ft (1.52 m x 0.91 m).
Nov 21, 11:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE CHINESE RUG. 5 ft x 3 ft (1.52 m x 0.91 m).
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1001 Bid
Two Chinese Peking Rugs, Mid/Late 20th C.
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Chinese Peking Rugs, Mid/Late 20th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
Peking Pictorial Rug, China, Circa 1900, 6'8'' x 4'5''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Peking Pictorial Rug, China, Circa 1900, 6'8'' x 4'5''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
A KHOTAN CARPET
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
A KHOTAN CARPET
by Nagel Auction
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5001 Bid
Khotan Rug, Xinjiang, China, 19th C., 3'9'' x 7'7''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Khotan Rug, Xinjiang, China, 19th C., 3'9'' x 7'7''
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Schigatse (dragon), Tibet, around 1900, wool knotted on
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Schigatse (dragon), Tibet, around 1900, wool knotted on
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€801 Bid
Schigatse Khaden, Southern Tibet, around 1910/1920
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Schigatse Khaden, Southern Tibet, around 1910/1920
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€801 Bid
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CHINESE PEKING RUG: 3’0” X 5’0” Early 20th Century
Nov 19, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE PEKING RUG: 3’0” X 5’0” Early 20th Century
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Early 20th C. Antique Chinese Carpet
Nov 05, 9:00 AM EDT
Early 20th C. Antique Chinese Carpet
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $300- $500
$1751 Bid
Tappeto probabilmente meccanico
Nov 07, 11:00 AM CET
Tappeto probabilmente meccanico
by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €300- €500
€3001 Bid
ECCEZIONALE TAPPETO CINESE DI PECHINO
Nov 06, 11:00 AM CET
ECCEZIONALE TAPPETO CINESE DI PECHINO
by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€3,0001 Bid
TAPPETO TABRIZ
Nov 06, 11:00 AM CET
TAPPETO TABRIZ
by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
Rare yellow ground antique Peking, China, around 1900
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Rare yellow ground antique Peking, China, around 1900
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €3,000- €8,000
€3,0000 Bids
Yellow ground Beijing, China, around 1920/1930
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Yellow ground Beijing, China, around 1920/1930
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€800 Bids
Yellow ground antique Beijing, China, around 1910/1920
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Yellow ground antique Beijing, China, around 1910/1920
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €1,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Rugs & Carpets


Material Culture

Material Culture

The Rug Life Auctions

The Rug Life Auctions

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Henry's Auktionshaus AG

Pierre Bergé & Associés

Pierre Bergé & Associés