This circa-1880 antique Chinese rug features a delicate all-over cream design against a field of sea-foam green. A repeating swastika pattern - a staple of antique Chinese carpets - composes the main border. There is evidence that decorative Oriental rugs and carpets have been a significant art form within the Chinese culture for many centuries, if not for several millennia. Mostly in blues and beiges, with classical symbols of longevity, elaborate lotus blossoms, chrysanthemums and birds, these antique rugs are frequently visible in paintings from as early as the Tang Period. For the most part, designs of antique Chinese rugs are as indigenous as those of antique Chinese porcelains and silk textiles, featuring the repeating simple design devices of swastikas and fretwork. Unlike Persian rugs, Chinese rugs are not generally associated with local rug production areas.