This early 20th century antique Chinese rug features floral motifs and vines against a field of warm hues of beige, tan and soft brown. The ornamental motifs have graphic qulities resembling Chinese black-ink calligraphy. Decorative rugs have been a significant art form within the Chinese culture for many centuries. Antique Chinese carpets and rugs are frequently visible in paintings from as early as the Tang Period. Unlike Persian rugs, Chinese rugs are not generally associated with local rug production areas, but there are differences between central Chinese rugs and those from East Turkestan, Tibet and Mongolia.