Chinese Rugs

History of Chinese Rugs

Antique Chinese carpets have a very long and distinguished history that is largely independent of rug designs from the Middle East. Often related more to the tradition of silk textiles, antique Chinese rugs and carpets were produced in medallion as well as all over formats. These tend to be more open and spacious than Oriental carpets from the Middle East . Often they contain prominent pictorial elements - trees, clouds, mountains, dragons and various animals. Colors are generally soft with emphasis on blues, golds, and ivories.

However, twentieth-century Chinese rugs could at times be quite spare in design, catering to modern western or Art Deco taste, and quite radical in color. The most recognizable rugs from the 1920's and 1930 were made by Walter Nichols, and American who manufactured deco carpets in Tientsin. They were usually made of wool and the finest silk while depicting exotic Asian flowers and birds in very rich, bold colors like magenta, turquoise, emerald and ruby.
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An Exceptional Collection of Chinese Carpets

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A Chinese Deco rug BB2894
Size: 11'2'' × 8'9'' Circa: 1940
A second quarter 20th century Chinese Deco carpet, the rich open midnight blue field dominated by an overblown...
Item No: BB2894
$30,000
A Chinese Deco rug BB6056
Size: 9'6'' × 7'8'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 vintage Chinese Deco rug features an all-over latticed field in shades of muted green and yellow with multiple green borders containing serrated leaf imagery completing the look. The geometric simplicity of the early 20th century vintage carpet...
Item No: BB6056
$15,000
Antique Chinese Rug BB4325
Size: 17'3'' × 9'5'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Chinese rug, the brown and cinnamon field with an allover abstract tile pattern which...
Item No: BB4325
$50,000
A Chinese rug BB3529
Size: 13'10'' × 13'2'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Chinese antique rug, the abrashed sage field with a faint beige design of curving lotus viner...
Item No: BB3529
$75,000
A Chinese rug BB3679
Size: 17'3'' × 10'7'' Circa: 1940
A second quarter 20th century Chinese rug, the light brown field with a spacious overall design of delicate...
Item No: BB3679
$24,000
A Chinese Deco rug BB2666
Size: 23'2'' × 14'4'' Circa: 1940
A second quarter 20th century Chinese Deco rug, the sage green field with a beige overall design of curving leafy...
Item No: BB2666
$90,000
A Chinese rug BB3033
Size: 17'7'' × 11'7'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Chinese carpet, the abrashed gold, tan and oatmeal field with an allover trellis of lotus...
Item No: BB3033
$50,000
A Chinese Art Deco rug BB2696
Size: 16'9'' × 11'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Chinese Deco rug, the oatmeal with an unusually delicate European-inspired blue trellis...
Item No: BB2696
$40,000
A Chinese Rug BB5732
Size: 8' × 5' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Chinese rug features an intricate all-over design of linear patterns and floral abstractions in black against a field of light pink. The contrast of the geometric and the natural, as well as of the design and field colors, makes for an intriguing...
Item No: BB5732
$15,000
A Chinese carpet BB5673
Size: 17'5'' × 16' Circa: 1900
An early 20th century Chinese antique rug, the camel field with vinery and medallions containing light green forms...
Item No: BB5673
$85,000
A Chinese Rug BB5744
Size: 10'2'' × 5'10'' Circa: 1850
This circa-1850 antique Chinese rug features floral motifs and vines against a field of beige, and a dark blue border containing more stylized flowers and vines. There is evidence that decorative oriental rugs and carpets have been a significant art form within...
Item No: BB5744
$40,000
An Antique Chinese Rug BB5513
Size: 10'3'' × 7'8'' Circa: 1920
An early 20th century Chinese rug, the faded golden yellow field with vinery around enlarged medallions containing...
Item No: BB5513
$38,000
A Silk Chinese Rug BB5626
Size: 11'1'' × 7'6''
An early 20th Century Chinese rug with a rich orange field with large cream blossoms and intricate vinery in pale shades of cream and grey, surrounded by a color contrasting geometric border and a wide golden border with cream flowers and more vinery.
Item No: BB5626
$45,000
A Chinese Rug BB5611
Size: 9'8'' × 7' Circa: 1930
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...
Item No: BB5611
$20,000
An Antique Chinese Rug BB5493
Size: 8' × 5' Circa: 1900
Item No: BB5493
$45,000
A Chinese Rug BB5731
Size: 9'4'' × 4'10'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 antique Chinese rug features a border of traditional oriental designs in blue, white and dark rust colors against a field of muted brown. Influenced by Eastern religions, the carpet includes designs such as the "endless knot," a Buddhist emblem...
Item No: BB5731
$12,000
A Chinese Deco Rug BB5399
Size: 17'3'' × 13'7'' Circa: 1920
This circa-1920 vintage Chinese Deco rug features a striking all-over design of sharp geometric shapes, including repeating rhomboid figures in green with enclosed stylized floral motifs, against a field of neutral beige. A green border neatly encloses this...
Item No: BB5399
$55,000
A Chinese Rug BB5630
Size: 16'9'' × 13'5'' Circa: 1939
This circa-1939 antique Chinese rug features a delicate all-over design of elaborate geometric abstractions in shades of purple and ochre against a field of green. Scrolling botanical motifs comprise the border of the antique carpet. There is evidence that...
Item No: BB5630
$80,000
A Chinese Deco rug BB5530
Size: 15'4'' × 9'10'' Circa: 1940
A second quarter 20th century Chinese Deco rug, the camel field with lotuses and vinery around an enlarged cusped...
Item No: BB5530
$68,000
An Antique Chinese Rug BB5491
Size: 11'9'' × 9' Circa: 1900
A refined Antique Chinese Rug with blue accents on a vast beige background.
Item No: BB5491
$60,000
A Chinese Rug BB5238
Size: 5'7'' × 3'1''
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A fine example of asbtraction and modernism, this vintage Chinese rug features a bold all-over gold floral design against a solid blue field. Done with the innovative minimalist approach of the Art Deco style, the vintage carpet is especially...
Item No: BB5238
$3,000
A Deco Chinese Rug BB5358
Size: 5'6'' × 3' Circa: 1920
@ABCThis striking vintage circa-1920 Chinese Deco rug makes use of simple and bold color combinations and shapes to fit in with the abstract, minimalist approach of the art movement. Consisting of an all-over design of dashed dark and light blue,...
Item No: BB5358
$4,000
Chinese Deco Rug BB6080
Size: 11' × 8'3'' Circa: 1940
A modern mid-20th century Chinese Deco rug.
Item No: BB6080
$15,000
A Chinese Rug BB5745
Size: 9'7'' × 5' Circa: 1920
This early 20th century antique Chinese rug features a border of floral motifs in shades of blue and beige against a field of oatmeal. Popular Eastern symbols such as the swastika, a Buddhist graphical representation of eternity, can be seen in the corners. There is...
Item No: BB5745
$18,000
A Chinese Silk Rug BB5240
Size: 9'10'' × 6'
This exquisite vintage Chinese silk rug features a medallion containing traditional oriental designs in blue against a field of abstract geometric shapes in a shade of brown. Geometry meets natural florals in this elaborate carpet that borrows from the Art Deco tradition. Knot...
Item No: BB5240
$50,000
A Chinese Deco Rug BB5126 (size adjusted)
Size: 23'5'' × 12'2'' Circa: 1920
An Early 20th Century Chinese Rug that has a geometric shadow pattern rendered tone on tone in nuetral shades of ivory and tan. This rug has been size adjusted.
Item No: BB5126
$95,000
A Chinese Deco Rug BB5193
Size: 16'1'' × 11'10'' Circa: 1920
This art Deco rug from China has an open striated brown field with naturalistic floral motifs sparsely placed in the composition within a open border...
Item No: BB5193
$35,000
An Antique Chinese Rug BB5492
Size: 9'7'' × 9'2'' Circa: 1900
A serene Chinese rug from the early 1900's. Cream yellow, soft suiting hues of blue and teracotta predominate. A border of stylized blossoms and vines encloses a large central field of spare graphic and floral details. Traditional artistry infuses the...
Item No: BB5492
$55,000
A Chinese rug BB5654
Size: 14'9'' × 13'4'' Circa: 1870
A late 19th century Chinese antique rug, the camel field with peonies, vinery and blue leaves around a central...
Item No: BB5654
$90,000
A Chinese Rug BB4910
Size: 13' × 10'1'' Circa: 1920
An Early 20th Century Chinese Rug. Small abstract blue, grey and light brown shapes create a spacious stripe on a very subtle...
Item No: BB4910
$30,000