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Chinese Rugs

There are 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 due to the lack of finding old antique Chinese rugs because of various invasions over their history, suggest 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 in the carpet making, which 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.

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