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Chinese Rugs

There are many references about Chinese carpets during the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), but most surviving old Chinese rugs dated from the 17th to 19th centuries. Perhaps the lack of finding old antique Chinese rugs, as a result, of many invasions suggests that the Chinese were late starters in the textile and carpet field. It is, however, inconceivable that country like China, so advanced in other arts and crafts, should have been behind on the carpet making that was so prevalent in other parts of the Orient. The artistic symbols used in Chinese rugs are common to all genres and techniques. Among the most common is the fo-dog which represents protection from evil; the dragon, the union of earthy and celestial forces; the lotus flower; purity and summer; the horse, respect and wealth; the stag and stork, longevity; the cloud, divine power; the bat, fortune; Mountains and water, stability on a stormy sea; the swastika, cosmic rotation; and the ideograms Shou and fu, fortune.

The current demand for good decorative or antique handmade Chinese carpets has generated an excitement amongst both dealers and private collectors and as such we at Imperial rugs display them at our website whenever we source one. 

If you have any enquiries about Chinese or any other Oriental rugs please email us at info@imperialrugs.co.uk and we are more than happy to assist you. 


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