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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 Originally made of wool, Chinese carpets and rugs are typically decorated with symbols of longevity and good luck.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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Tibetan Tiger Motif Rug, 5' 4" x 3'
Jun 18, 11:00 AM EDT
Tibetan Tiger Motif Rug, 5' 4" x 3'
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1006 Bids
A Chinese Wool Rug, Cream Border Yellow Ground, Floral Pattern
Jun 16, 11:00 AM AEST
A Chinese Wool Rug, Cream Border Yellow Ground, Floral Pattern
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD754 Bids
CHINESE AREA RUG
Jun 14, 10:00 AM CDT
CHINESE AREA RUG
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $150
$504 Bids
Nyingxia Rug, China, Late 19th/Early 20th C., 3'11'' x 7'4''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Nyingxia Rug, China, Late 19th/Early 20th C., 3'11'' x 7'4''
by Material Culture
Est: $800- $1,600
$4003 Bids
Nyingxia Mat, China, 18th C.
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Nyingxia Mat, China, 18th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $500
$3503 Bids
Nyingxia Mat, China, 18th C., 2'3'' x 2'1''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Nyingxia Mat, China, 18th C., 2'3'' x 2'1''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $400
$2503 Bids
Ningxia Rug, China, 19th C. or earlier, 2'5'' x 4'5''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Ningxia Rug, China, 19th C. or earlier, 2'5'' x 4'5''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2003 Bids
Saddle Rug, Tibet, Ca. 1900, 4'0'' x 2'0''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Saddle Rug, Tibet, Ca. 1900, 4'0'' x 2'0''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$2253 Bids
Ningxia Rug, China, 19th C. or Earlier, 2'0'' x 3'5''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Ningxia Rug, China, 19th C. or Earlier, 2'0'' x 3'5''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2253 Bids
Oriental Rug - Chinese Sculpted
Jun 14, 9:00 AM EDT
Oriental Rug - Chinese Sculpted
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Fine Chinese Tibetan 'Lotus' Prayer Carpet
Jun 15, 6:30 PM CDT
Fine Chinese Tibetan 'Lotus' Prayer Carpet
by Kelmscott's
Est: $600- $1,200
$3002 Bids
A Chinese Ningxia golden throne mat, late Qing Dynasty,
Jun 26, 10:00 AM BST
A Chinese Ningxia golden throne mat, late Qing Dynasty,
by Cheffins
Est: £500- £800
£2402 Bids
Saddle Rug, Tibet, Late 19th C., 2'1'' x 3'8''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Saddle Rug, Tibet, Late 19th C., 2'1'' x 3'8''
by Material Culture
Est: $600- $800
$3002 Bids
Tibetan Runner, 8 ft 2 in x 2 ft 9 in
Jun 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Tibetan Runner, 8 ft 2 in x 2 ft 9 in
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$202 Bids
CHINESE ART DECO RUG C 1930S
Jun 19, 11:00 AM EDT
CHINESE ART DECO RUG C 1930S
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
A CHINESE ART DECO RUG C. 1920.
Jun 19, 11:00 AM EDT
A CHINESE ART DECO RUG C. 1920.
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
China, ca. 161x 79 cm.
Jun 20, 1:00 PM CEST
China, ca. 161x 79 cm.
by Dannenberg
Est: €20- €24
€201 Bid
Square Meditation Rug, Tibet, Late 19th C., 2'4'' x 2'4''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Square Meditation Rug, Tibet, Late 19th C., 2'4'' x 2'4''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Ningxia Rug, China, 18th C., 2'1'' x 2'2''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Ningxia Rug, China, 18th C., 2'1'' x 2'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
A CARPET
Jun 27, 11:00 AM CEST
A CARPET
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €300- €400
€2401 Bid
China silk, approx. 40 years, silk on cotton, approx. 208
Jul 06, 11:00 AM CEST
China silk, approx. 40 years, silk on cotton, approx. 208
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €250- €600
€1201 Bid
A Chinese Art Deco Rug
Jun 19, 9:00 AM PDT
A Chinese Art Deco Rug
by Abell Auction
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
4 Phoenix Raw Silk Rug, China, Late 19th/Early 20th C., 3'1'' x 5'8''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
4 Phoenix Raw Silk Rug, China, Late 19th/Early 20th C., 3'1'' x 5'8''
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Pictorial Peking Rug, China, Late 19th C., 3'0'' x 5'7''
Jun 17, 11:00 AM EDT
Pictorial Peking Rug, China, Late 19th C., 3'0'' x 5'7''
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid

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