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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 Originally made of wool, Chinese carpets and rugs are typically decorated with symbols of longevity and good luck.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

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VINTAGE LARGE ART DECO CHINESE CRANBERRY RED RUG
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
VINTAGE LARGE ART DECO CHINESE CRANBERRY RED RUG
by Charleston Estate Services Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $3,800- $4,000
$104 Bids
Peking antique, China, around 1900, wool on cotton
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Peking antique, China, around 1900, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €300
€2004 Bids
Chinese Art Deco Wool Carpet, 6’8" x 4'
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Art Deco Wool Carpet, 6’8" x 4'
by Neue Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$4254 Bids
Antique Peking, China, 19th century, wool on cotton
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Antique Peking, China, 19th century, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €1,000
€3604 Bids
Hereke silk, China, approx. 50 years, pure natural silk
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Hereke silk, China, approx. 50 years, pure natural silk
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €600
€801 Bid
Antique 'Dragon Carpet', China, around 1900, wool on
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Antique 'Dragon Carpet', China, around 1900, wool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €800
€801 Bid
Isfahan fine, China, approx. 50 years, corkwool on
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Isfahan fine, China, approx. 50 years, corkwool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €300
€401 Bid
Hereke silk fine, China, approx. 40 years, pure natural
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Hereke silk fine, China, approx. 40 years, pure natural
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €150- €450
€1201 Bid
Antique Chinese Rug 1920'S Art Deco
Mar 16, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Chinese Rug 1920'S Art Deco
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $150- $200
$501 Bid
TAPPETO
Mar 06, 10:30 AM CET
TAPPETO
by Aste Boetto SRL
Est: €500- €550
€5001 Bid
Peking old, China, around 1940, wool on cotton
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Peking old, China, around 1940, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €100- €300
€401 Bid
Antique Peking, China, around 1900
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Antique Peking, China, around 1900
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €500- €2,000
€5001 Bid
Chinese Art Deco Wool Carpet, 2’11" x 4’8.5"
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Art Deco Wool Carpet, 2’11" x 4’8.5"
by Neue Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Tibet old, Nepal, around 1940, wool on cotton,approx. 295
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Tibet old, Nepal, around 1940, wool on cotton,approx. 295
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €150- €500
€401 Bid
Chinese Art Deco Carpet, 11' 4" x 8' 5"
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Art Deco Carpet, 11' 4" x 8' 5"
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1001 Bid
Peking old, China, around 1960, wool on cotton
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Peking old, China, around 1960, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €600
€801 Bid
CHINA - SILK CARPET DECORATED WITH BIRDS.
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
CHINA - SILK CARPET DECORATED WITH BIRDS.
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Antique Pao Tow, China, around 1900, wool on cotton
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Antique Pao Tow, China, around 1900, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €1,000
€2000 Bids
Peking antique, China, around 1900, wool on cotton
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Peking antique, China, around 1900, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €120- €450
€1200 Bids
2 lots of China silk, approx. 50 years, pure natural
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
2 lots of China silk, approx. 50 years, pure natural
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €600
€800 Bids
Aubusson style, China, approx. 30 years, wool on cotton
Mar 02, 11:00 AM CET
Aubusson style, China, approx. 30 years, wool on cotton
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €1,000
€2800 Bids
Contemporary Chinese Rug, 6 x 9.1
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Contemporary Chinese Rug, 6 x 9.1
by Alex Cooper
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

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