Chinese Rug Types Guide
Types of Chinese Rugs
The earliest surviving examples of Chinese rugs have been dated to the 17th century at the end of the Ming dynasty.
Ningxia Rugs (Ningsia)
Ningxia is a semi independent area in North Central China and is known for its wool production. Ningxia rugs utilize soft wool piles. They often have low knot density. Colors are usually soft and consist of blues, creams and reds.
Nichols rugs came on the market in the 1920's. They usually have thick piles and densely packed knots. These rugs feature art deco style designs often with floral motifs. There is usually a two-tone color scheme in which one main color dominates the field and another color fills a thick border.
Fette rugs are named after Helen Fette who along with Chinese rug manufacturer Li Meng Shu formed the Fette-Li Company and produced rugs in the Peking area. These rugs are similar in design to Nichols rugs but slightly floppier due to thinner cotton foundations.