In between the 15th and 17th centuries, weaving and tying carpets were introduced in China. Some of these early carpets had the same pattern painted on porcelain and other Chinese art. These carpets were displayed in the royal courts in their time. Today, finding Chinese carpets outside a museum from the 17th or 18th century is surprisingly rare. Rich in culture, history and folklore, Chinese carpets incorporate rug designs that have never been seen before. Dragons, local art and decorative items are almost always a trademark of their manufactures. Some of the symbols used in Chinese carpets have Taoist and Buddhist religious origins.

Chinese Wool Carpets

For hundreds of years, wool carpets have a reputation for quality and durability. Equivalent to luxury, they have become a trendy carpet in home decoration, hospitality, and house building sectors. As a fibre, wool can withstand pressure; it has a beautiful aesthetic and excellent appearance retention properties. When best cared for it, it can be incredibly long-lasting. Until recently, large carpets, especially those made of wool, were not used in China. However, small carpets are old. During the Ming times, Kang began to be used in northern China. Most of these carpets were made of felt and camel hair and had dyed black and red borders. Felt and silk Chinese carpets can be found in the Tang dynasty.

Antique Chinese Carpets

In between the 15th and 17th centuries, weaving and tying carpets were introduced in China. Only in the early 19th century, China opens its markets to the Western countries for mats; they have been exporting porcelain, bronze, wood and other artefacts for many years before the 19th century. We saw a significant and uncertain shift in production during this period, leaving the traditional decorative look more open and even Chinese art deco rug design. This shift in production has brought a more commercial approach to the Chinese carpet market, focusing on the quality and artistry of each piece, which has a more appeal and price. It explains why various so-called Art Deco Chinese rugs are on the market today. Unlike most antique rug productions, they were made almost for internal consumption. Chinese carpets are often made of silk and other materials such as wool or cotton in terms of materials.

Chinese Carved Carpets

Chinese carved carpets are made of wool and cotton and are distinguished by their thick nap and embossed Art Deco or Chinese Aubusson designs. They often use soft pastel colors and attractive floral designs. Chinese carpets were made almost exclusively for domestic use. It wasn't until the 19th century that the Chinese began exporting Chinese carpets to the Western world; other goods, such as bronze and porcelain, had been exported for many years. Most silk textiles, antique Chinese carpets were made in rectangular shapes as well as medallions. Chinese carpets are much more open and ide than carpets in West Asia. Chinese rugs often consist of geometric or abstract patterns. Walter Nichols made the most recognizable carpet of the 1920s and 1930s. They were usually made of wool and fine silk while depicting Asian flowers and birds in rich, bold colors, such as magenta, turquoise, emerald and ruby. Carpets made in Kashgar, Yarkand and Khotan in the Chinese-occupied Autonomous Region of Sinkiang are collectively known as Samarkand.