This circa-1930 vintage Chinese rug features an ornate all-over design of floral abstractions and cloud bands, as well as stylized dragons in shades of orange and pink, with white accents against a dark brown field. Absent of design, the field also serves as the main border in an innovative approach to traditional design. 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.