Antique Chinese Art-Deco 8'9"×14'7"
This art-deco style rug was woven in China in the first few decades of the 20th century. Rugs of this style began to usurp the more traditional Chinese designs during the 1910s and 20s. The influence of American investors and markets led to the injection of Western art-deco motifs alongside the imagery typical of earlier Chinese carpetry. The result was some of the most iconic and eye-catching carpets ever made. Done almost exclusively in bright jewel tones and often featuring nearly empty fields populated by Chinese imagery – flowers, mountains, butterflies or dragons, among others – and made with thick, luxurious wool piles, these pieces have become very collectible as their age nears the century mark. This particular piece features an orange field with alternatiing borders of blue and navy. The design is very reminiscent of more traditional, antique Chinese rugs, a hallmark of carpets from the early phases of the art-deco phase. Were it not for the color palette, it might be indistinquishable from an older piece.
orange, navy, blue
Joseph W. Fell Collection