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Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug. Size: 9'6" x 11'2".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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W 114 in. L 134 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 14'10" x 17'6".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 178 in. L 210 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 9'2" x 11'4".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 110 in. L 136 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 9'0" x 11'8".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 108 in. L 140 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug. Size:2'4" x 9'0".
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 28 in. L 108 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug 12'2" x 15'2".
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Vintage 1940s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 146 in. L 182 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 6'4" x11'8" red background.  
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 76 in. L 140 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 4'4" x 8'9".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 52 in. L 105 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug. Size: 6'9" x 12'5".
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 81 in. L 149 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 3'0" x 4'10".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 36 in. L 58 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug. Measures: 9'2" x 25'6".
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 110 in. L 306 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug. Measures: 8'0" x 10'0".
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Vintage 1940s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 96 in. L 120 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, measures: 10'0" x 14'10".
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 130 in. L 178 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 4'0" x 6'3".
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 48 in. L 75 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted antique Chinese rug with a medallion Peking design. This rug measures: 8'2" x 9'10".  
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 98 in. L 118 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug. Size: 6'0" x 8'8".
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 72 in. L 104 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Rug
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Early 20th Century Chinese Other Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 60 in. L 115 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Antique Chinese rug with blue background and salmon.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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W 215 in. L 137 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug with a ivory color background, size 10'2" x 13'9".
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 122 in. L 165 in.
Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Art Deco rug. Measures: 8'2" x 9'6".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 98 in. L 114 in.
Large Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Large antique Chinese rug, country of origin / rug type: antique Chinese rugs, date circa 1900. Size: 14 ft. 7 in x 17 ft. 4 in (4.44 m x 5.28 m). This gorgeous blue antique Chinese ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Chippendale Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Large Antique Chinese Rug
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  • Large Antique Chinese Rug
W 175 in. L 208 in.
Pale Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century rare original size Chinese square rug in predominant shades of pale beige and brown. The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It has a silky sheen...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Romantic Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Pale Antique Chinese Rug
  • Pale Antique Chinese Rug
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  • Pale Antique Chinese Rug
W 105 in. L 137 in.
Nice Large Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Decorative late 19th century Chinese rug with beautiful design and natural colors, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Nice Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Nice Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Nice Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Nice Large Antique Chinese Rug
W 107.88 in. L 137.8 in.
Beautiful Large Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Late 19th century Chinese rug with a beautiful design with dragons and blue and yellow colors, entirely and finely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Beautiful Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Beautiful Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Beautiful Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Beautiful Large Antique Chinese Rug
W 108.67 in. L 139.77 in.
Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful late 19th century Chinese rug with beautiful Chinese design and blue field color, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
  • Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
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W 27.56 in. L 51.58 in.
Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Beautiful late 19th century Chinese rug with beautiful Chinese design and blue field color, entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundation.
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
  • Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
  • Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
  • Nice Little Antique Chinese Rug
W 29.14 in. L 55.52 in.
Wonderful Large Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful late 19th century large Chinese Pekin rug with Chinese design and beautiful colors with light orange and blue. Entirely hand knotted with wool velvet on cotton foundat...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Wonderful Large Antique Chinese Rug
  • Wonderful Large Antique Chinese Rug
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  • Wonderful Large Antique Chinese Rug
W 122.84 in. L 138.59 in.
Pale Blue Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
Enchanting early 20th century highly decorative Chinese Peking rug with an abrashed light blue field The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It has a silky sheen to it...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Ming Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Pale Blue Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century room size Chinese rug in various shades of blue. The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It has a silky sheen to it as well.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Chinese Rug. Size: 3 ft x 7 ft 8 in
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug 45794, country of origin: China, date circa 1900 - Size: 3 ft x 7 ft 8 in (0.91 m x 2.34 m).
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Chippendale Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Beige Blue Antique Chinese Rug Pillow
Located in New York, NY
A pillow made from an early 20th century beige and blue Chinese Peking rug. Measures: 20" x 20".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Cotton, Foam, Wool

Rare and Unusual Antique Chinese Rug
Located in Milan, IT
Sourced in China a few years ago, this unusual square carpet depicts the symbolism associated with the Aztec Sundial. These are inscribed in circles at the centre of which there is a...
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Chinese Rug with Brocade Pattern
Located in Milan, IT
A rare and unusual red ground Chinese rug decorated by an infinite repeat pattern composed of a network of geometric devices derived from silk brocades of the Ming period. Examples o...
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Ming Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Chinese Rug with Abstract Design
Located in Milan, IT
The painterly effect obtained by mixing varying proportions of ivory and indigo wool is peculiar to this family of northern Chinese weavings. As most of them were sourced directly in...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Oversize Light Blue Antique Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century oversize size one of a kind Chinese rug in various predominant light blues and creams. The wool and feel of the rug is very soft on the feet. It has a silky she...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Mid-Century Modern Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Lightly Distressed Antique Chinese Rug, Blue Filed
Located in New York, NY
This antique scatter in the basic blue-and-white manner shows a paeony wreath, bat and Shou nested medallion on the sapphire blue ground, with paeony sprays and paeony corners. Main ...
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Early 20th Century Antique Chinese Rug
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This traditional hand-woven Chinese rug has a shaded sapphire-gray field with overall design of scrolling vines issuing delicate floral motif, in a broad traditional Chinese key patt...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Early 20th Century Antique Chinese Rug
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This traditional hand-woven Chinese rug has a shaded coral open field with pictorial sailboat panel opposed by a single elegant seagull, in a deep indigo border adorned by two sapphi...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Chinese Rug with Art Deco Style
Located in Dallas, TX
76906 Antique Chinese Art Deco Rug. Energize your space with this 1920s Chinese Art Deco rug. A striking mix of vibrant jewel-tone colors and traditional Chinese flowers, this Art De...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Distressed Antique Chinese Rug with Traditional Chinoiserie Style
Located in Dallas, TX
77544, distressed antique Chinese rug with Traditional chinoiserie style. This hand knotted wool distressed antique Chinese Peking rug features a rounded open center medallion floati...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Qing Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Chinese Rug, Tan and Blue Oriental Handmade Wool Rug
Located in New York, NY
China has a long tradition of carpets and the original ones, probably used as merchandise, are dated at over 2000 years ago. The art of knotting carpets was however, introduced somew...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Turkish Khotan Rug
By Mehraban Rugs
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
This fine antique Khotan features an elaborate all-over branching pomegranate tree motif on a gray green ground. Secondary colors include soft red, gray, pink and gold. Tiered border...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Khotan Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 71 in. L 136 in.
Antique Chinese Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese rug, size: 2'5" x 2'9".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Distressed Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Large distressed antique Chinese rug probably, late 18th or early 19th century Some old reparations, with nice Chinese design and beautiful colors with yellow and blue, entirely han...
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Antique Late 18th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Distressed Chinese Rug
  • Antique Distressed Chinese Rug
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  • Antique Distressed Chinese Rug
W 78.75 in. L 143.31 in.
Antique Chinese Deco Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted Chinese deco rug with a floral design on a beige field. Accents of pink, brown, blue and purple throughout the piece. This rug measures 9' x 11'.6.
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Chinese Deco Rug
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W 108 in. L 138 in.
Antique Chinese Deco Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
This beautiful antique Chinese Deco hand-knotted design rug will make your floor look splendid. This collection is made in wool. It's measures are: 3'.7 x 6' This antique Chinese De...
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

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W 43 in. L 72 in.
Antique Ivory Chinese Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted antique Chinese rug with a floral design on an ivory field. This rug measures 3'1" x 6'1".  
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Early 20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Ivory Chinese Rug
  • Antique Ivory Chinese Rug
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  • Antique Ivory Chinese Rug
W 37 in. L 73 in.
Antique Chinese Peking Rug
Located in Atlanta, GA
Antique Chinese rug, Chinese Peking rug. Alive with color and exotic patterns, this beautiful antique Peking Chinese rug features a traditional Chinese design in blue and sapphire to...
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Antique 1890s Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
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  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
W 148 in. L 176 in.
Antique Black Chinese Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted antique Chinese rug with a floral design on a black field. This rug measures 6'2" x 8'9".  
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Early 20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Black Chinese Rug
W 74 in. L 105 in.
Antique Blue Chinese Rug
Located in Norwalk, CT
A hand-knotted antique Chinese rug with a all over design on a blue field. This rug measures 8'2" x 9'7".  
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Early 20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Blue Chinese Rug
W 98 in. L 115 in.
Antique Chinese Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
An early 20th century exquisite Chinese Peking rug with an enchanting design and multi-band border in predominant shades of ivory and blue.
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Chippendale Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Cotton, Wool

  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
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  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
W 106 in. L 139 in.
Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug. Size: 8'10" x 11'4" (269 x 345 cm) This awe-inspiring rug comes from the golden period for Chinese rug industry marked by thriving business activities of ...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
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  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 106 in. L 136 in.
Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Peking rug, size: 11'0" x 15'0".
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
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  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
W 132 in. L 180 in.
Antique Chinese Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Peking rug, size: 7'2" x 10'4".
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Vintage 1960s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
W 86 in. L 124 in.
Antique Chinese, Tibetan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Tibetan rug, size: 3'0" x 5'6".
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Vintage 1970s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Peking rug 9'3" x 11'10".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
W 111 in. L 152 in.
Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Peking rug, size: 8'2" x 9'6".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Peking Rug
W 98 in. L 114 in.
Antique Chinese Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Peking rug, size: 2'6" x 5'9".
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

Antique Chinese Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Peking rug. Size: 11'4" x 16'6".
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Antique 1890s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
W 136 in. L 198 in.
Antique Chinese Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Peking rug. Size: 6'6" x 11'9".
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Antique 1890s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

Materials

Wool

  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
  • Antique Chinese Peking Rug
W 78 in. L 141 in.
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Antique Chinese Rugs For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are several options of antique chinese rugs available for sale. Each of these unique antique chinese rugs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, wool and cotton. We have 1142 antique and vintage antique chinese rugs in-stock, while there are 3 modern editions to choose from as well. Antique chinese rugs have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Antique chinese rugs made by Art Deco designers — as well as those associated with Modern — are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made antique chinese rugs over the years, but those made by Mehraban Rugs and Tapis Rouge Atelier are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Antique Chinese Rugs?

Antique chinese rugs can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $7,497, while the lowest priced sells for $159 and the highest can go for as much as $148,500.

Finding the Right Rugs Carpets for You

Carpets and rugs have been around for thousands of years. Prehistoric humans turned to animal skin, wool and fur to craft simple fabrics to soften hard terrain. A 2016 study suggests that "cave lions" were hunted for exactly this purpose, and that decorating your cave with their pelts may have conferred strength and prestige. Although many of these early textiles are still in existence, tracing their precise origins is difficult. Carpets quickly became such a valuable trade commodity that the weavings could easily travel far from their places of origin. 

The oldest known carpet was found in southern Siberia. (It may have traveled there from Persepolis in Iran.) For the flat-weave floor rugs crafted by Native Americans, cotton was the primary material before sheep’s wool was introduced in the 16th century. In Europe, carpet-making was fundamental to folk art, and Asian carpets imported to European countries were at one time considered a precious luxury and not intended to remain permanently on the floor. 

In modern usage, “carpet” typically denotes a wall-to-wall floor cushioning that is fixed to the floor. Rugs, on the other hand, are designed to cover a specific area and can easily be moved to new locations. However, the terms are interchangeable in many parts of the world, and, in the end, it won’t matter what you decide to call it. Good vintage rugs have made their way into homes across the globe, becoming fixtures used for comfort, prayer and self-expression, so choosing the right area rug is officially a universal endeavor.

It’s well known that a timeless Persian rug, Moroccan berber rug (see our guide) or vintage Turkish rug can warm any interior, but if you’re looking for something unexpected, find a runner rug that pops in your hallway or on your stairs. Dig for dazzling geometric patterns in our inventory of mid-century modern rugs and carpets, which includes works designed by the likes of Swedish textile master Märta Måås-Fjetterström and other artisans. 

With the variety of area rugs and carpets rolled out for you on 1stDibs — a collection that includes traditional, modern, minimalist rugs and other coverings of all kinds — things will be looking up every time you’re looking down.