antique chinese rugs are at the foundation of textile history. these beautifully handcrafted rugs have been produced and perfected through centuries of experience by master weavers in china and the surrounding regions. steeped in history that runs deep into the cultural practices of the area, both religious and philosophical elements played major roles in the design of chinese rugs. besides the images that dominated these rugs, there is a common color palette often found in antique chinese rugs that includes shades of blue, apricot, yellow, and red.
woven's collection of antique chinese rugs is a unique and high quality array of floor coverings that was intentionally assembled through decades of personally chosen rugs, gathered during our many travels through asia. some of the most interesting pieces include round and oval shaped rugs as well as antique carpets and rugs that burst with vibrant colors and extensive patterns. many of the chinese rugs at woven explore the flora and fauna motifs, and more specifically, lotus blossoms and chrysanthemums, that were popular symbols in chinese culture. clouds, birds, and finely detailed medallions are also found on many of our antique chinese rugs. one of the most unique pieces in the collection includes a landscape design of mountains, fields, lakes and trees using repeating patterns of wavy lines.
buddhist and taoist themes are often seen in antique chinese rugs. these spiritual symbols woven into the design of the rugs promote balance, good fortune, and long healthy lives. the use of these meaningful visuals in floor coverings connect the artistry of the rugs with larger ideas of divinity and purpose. they move the rugs from the realm of decorative pieces to deeply important reflections of beliefs and values. much of the iconography used in these antique rugs were meant to bestow wishes of prosperity and longevity within the homes they were placed, adding a sense of ethereal lightness and organic openness.