Vintage Chinese Deco Carpet BB4170
Vintage Chinese Deco Carpet Description:
A modern second quarter 20th century Chinese art deco rug, the golden yellow field with a central linear overblown trellis with boldly expressive polychrome palmettes.
Carpet production in China during the first half of the 20th century was gravely influenced by the fine Art Deco vintage antique rugs originating from France. This was due to the purely economic approach of the Chinese who, seeing the huge market demand, wanted to sell their carpets to Western consumers. Among the two largest exporters of rugs in China were the America’s expatriates – Helen Fette and Walter Nichols. Although competitors, both manufacturers produced handmade wool pile vintage area rugs that adapted Chinese designs to western tastes. Some of the rugs from the factories are even so similar that the manufacturer can only be determined by labels or stenciling. Sadly, Nichols’ original vintage rugs are often unidentifiable now due to the fact that his records were almost all destroyed during the Japanese occupation, and also because their white cotton fringe has worn away where he had stenciled.