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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 Originally made of wool, Chinese carpets and rugs are typically decorated with symbols of longevity and good luck.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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Vintage Handmade Wool Pile Chinese Art Deco Rug
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Handmade Wool Pile Chinese Art Deco Rug
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$18 Bids
Art Deco Chinese Art Deco Butterfly Room Size Rug
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Art Deco Chinese Art Deco Butterfly Room Size Rug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3753 Bids
A small knotted pile carpet, China, mid-20th century
Nov 28, 10:00 AM AEDT
A small knotted pile carpet, China, mid-20th century
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD250- AUD400
AUD2403 Bids
VINTAGE CHINESE NICHOLS CARPET
Nov 29, 6:00 PM PST
VINTAGE CHINESE NICHOLS CARPET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $400- $600
$3253 Bids
Pair of Joined Dragon Rugs, Tibet, Ca. 1900
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Pair of Joined Dragon Rugs, Tibet, Ca. 1900
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2502 Bids
THREE "KHADEN" WITH LOTOS PATTERN
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
THREE "KHADEN" WITH LOTOS PATTERN
by Nagel Auction
Est: €500- €800
€5001 Bid
Ningxia Rug, China, Early/Mid 19th C., 1'11'' x 3'5''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Ningxia Rug, China, Early/Mid 19th C., 1'11'' x 3'5''
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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CHINESE NICHOLS AREA RUG: 2’6” X 4’5” Circa 1930
Dec 07, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE NICHOLS AREA RUG: 2’6” X 4’5” Circa 1930
by Eldred's
Est: $150- $250
$701 Bid
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CHINESE NICHOLS RUG: 9’0” X 11’3” Circa 1925
Dec 07, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE NICHOLS RUG: 9’0” X 11’3” Circa 1925
by Eldred's
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
FOUR SMALL SEAT MATS, ONE WITH DRAGON DECORATION
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
FOUR SMALL SEAT MATS, ONE WITH DRAGON DECORATION
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4001 Bid
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CHINESE NICHOLS RUG: 9’0” X 11’4” Circa 1920-30
Dec 07, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE NICHOLS RUG: 9’0” X 11’4” Circa 1920-30
by Eldred's
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Fine Double Foo Lion Rug, China, 19th C., 7'9'' x 9'5''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Fine Double Foo Lion Rug, China, 19th C., 7'9'' x 9'5''
by Material Culture
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,5001 Bid
Fine Indo Chinese Mansion Size Rug, Ca. 1900, 13'1'' x 17'6''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Fine Indo Chinese Mansion Size Rug, Ca. 1900, 13'1'' x 17'6''
by Material Culture
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Tibetan Monastery Rug, 19th C., 2'9'' x 6'1''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Tibetan Monastery Rug, 19th C., 2'9'' x 6'1''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
19th C. Tibetan Monastery Rug, 2'4'' x 9'11''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
19th C. Tibetan Monastery Rug, 2'4'' x 9'11''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
A TIBETAN RUG AND A TIBETAN SADDLE COVER WITH PHOENIX AND LOTOS PATTERNS
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
A TIBETAN RUG AND A TIBETAN SADDLE COVER WITH PHOENIX AND LOTOS PATTERNS
by Nagel Auction
Est: €300- €500
€3001 Bid
A WOOL CARPET FOR A PRIEST'S THRONE. 羊毛牧師寶座地毯。
Nov 29, 10:00 AM CET
A WOOL CARPET FOR A PRIEST'S THRONE. 羊毛牧師寶座地毯。
by Koller Auctions
Est: CHF500- CHF800
CHF5000 Bids
Antique Chinese Wool & Cotton Rug 19th C.
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
Antique Chinese Wool & Cotton Rug 19th C.
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $700- $900
$5000 Bids
Chinese Wool Rug c1920
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
Chinese Wool Rug c1920
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
A Chinese Red 'Dragon' Carpet
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CST
A Chinese Red 'Dragon' Carpet
by Mei Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A Chinese Blue 'Bogu' Carpet
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CST
A Chinese Blue 'Bogu' Carpet
by Mei Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A Chinese Blue 'Bogu' Carpet
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CST
A Chinese Blue 'Bogu' Carpet
by Mei Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
Großer China-Teppich
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Großer China-Teppich
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
Kleiner alter Drachenteppich
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kleiner alter Drachenteppich
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Rugs & Carpets


Nagel Auction

Nagel Auction

Material Culture

Material Culture

Bertolami Fine Art

Bertolami Fine Art

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden