The earliest surviving examples of Chinese rugs have been dated to the 17th century at the end of the Ming dynasty. Antique Chinese rugs are among the most easily identifiable antique Oriental rugs with a variety of designs including medallions and pictorial motifs with dragons, phoenixes, trees and other Chinese symbols. Colors were soft and simple in these rugs, with blue, cream and gold.
Until the mid-19th century the weaving industry in China was largely uninfluenced by the Western market. After this transition, brighter colors and more open fields were incorporated into Chinese rugs. Specifically, a period arose in which Art Deco style rugs became highly desired. Exotic colors of magenta, purple and turquoise were found in these rugs with a solid background and contrasting solid border. Traditional Chinese motifs were used in Art Deco rugs such as vases, flowers, and butterflies. Both Walter Nichols and Helen Fette, two Americans, joined this movement and began producing popular Chinese Art Deco carpets in China in the 1920's. Nichols' rugs are distinguishable by their stiffer and denser nature. Nichols Art Deco carpets are known around the world and are still highly desired by designers and collectors today. Shop our selection of antique and semi antique Chinese rugs.