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Handmade Vintage Tibetan Modern Rug with silk, 1980s, 1B767
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Vintage handmade Tibetan Modern woollen rug with silk highlights in original good condition. It is from the end of 20th century made in Nepal. -condition: original good, -circa...
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Vintage 1980s Nepalese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Handmade Vintage Tibetan Modern Rug with Silk, 1980s, 1B769
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Handmade vintage Tibetan woollen runner from Nepal with silk highlights. It is from the end of 20th century in original good condition. - Condition: original good, - circa 1980...
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Vintage 1980s Nepalese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Handmade Vintage Tibetan Modern Runner with Silk, 1980s, 1B770
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Handmade vintage silver Tibetan runner with silk highlights. it is from the end of 20th century in original good condition. ? -condition: original good, -circa: 1980s, -size:...
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Vintage 1980s Nepalese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Antique Chinese Silk Rug 8'2" x 10'2"
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug, size: 8'2" x 10'2".
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Vintage 1980s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Vintage Silk Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Silk Chinese Silk Rug 3' x5'2" - 92 x 156 cm
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Vintage 1970s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug, size: 9' 0'' x 12' 0''.
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 108 in. L 144 in.
Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug, size: 8'2" x 9'4".
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 98 in. L 112 in.
Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Silk rug, size: 5'6" x 7'9".
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Vintage 1970s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 66 in. L 93 in.
Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Silk rug, size: 1'8" x 2'10".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
W 20 in. L 34 in.
Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug, size: 2'6" x 4'0".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 30 in. L 48 in.
Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Silk rug, size: 5'2" x 8'0".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
W 62 in. L 96 in.
Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug, size: 5'0" x 8'2".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 60 in. L 96 in.
Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Silk rug, size: 8'10" x 12'0".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
W 106 in. L 144 in.
Vintage Chinese Silk Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A beautiful vintage Chinese silk rug with a large central floral medallion amidst a field of large-scale flowers all woven in light and dark indigo, cream, green, and white against a...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Vintage Chinese Silk Rug
  • Vintage Chinese Silk Rug
  • Vintage Chinese Silk Rug
  • Vintage Chinese Silk Rug
W 24 in. L 38 in.
Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Silk rug, size: 6'3" x 9'3".
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
W 75 in. L 111 in.
Antique Chinese, Silk Rug 4' 0'' x 4' 0''.
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Silk rug, size: 4' 0'' x 4' 0''.
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Vintage 1910s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese, Silk rug, size: 4'11" x 8'0".
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Vintage 1960s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
W 59 in. L 96 in.
Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug, with a navy color background and size 4'2" x 6'0".
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Vintage 1950s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
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W 50 in. L 72 in.
Antique Chinese Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug with 9'0" x 12'0" size.
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Vintage 1960s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 108 in. L 144 in.
Incredible Chinese Silk Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
An incredible vintage Chinese silk rug with a beautiful bold floral pattern woven in crimson, rust, light and dark indigo, cream, and white colored vegetable dyed wool. The border is...
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Vintage 1970s Chinese Tabriz Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese - Silk rug. Measure: 4'0" x 7'0" Silk pile of Asymmetric Knots with Gold Metal Thread Brocading Inscribed: “For Palace of Harmony usage only” Most of the silk and me...
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Metallic Thread

  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese, Silk Rug
W 48 in. L 84 in.
Beautiful Little Chinese Silk Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Nice vintage Chinese silk rug with beautiful design decorative, and beautiful light colors, entirely hand knotted with silk velvet on silk foundation. Size: 61 x 93 cm.
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Beautiful Little Chinese Silk Rug
  • Beautiful Little Chinese Silk Rug
  • Beautiful Little Chinese Silk Rug
  • Beautiful Little Chinese Silk Rug
W 24.02 in. L 36.62 in.
Wonderful Light Chinese Silk Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very beautiful late 20th century Chinese silk rug with a Chinese design and light colors with brown, beige, green and pink, entirely and finely hand knotted with silk velvet on silk ...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Wonderful Light Chinese Silk Rug
  • Wonderful Light Chinese Silk Rug
  • Wonderful Light Chinese Silk Rug
  • Wonderful Light Chinese Silk Rug
W 84.26 in. L 120.08 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
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
  • Antique Chinese Silk Rug
W 106 in. L 136 in.
Art Deco Chinese Silk Rug Blue Peking
Located in Bochum, NRW
An excellent Chinese silk rug, Art Deco decor of stylized clouds and waves in beautiful shades of blue and ivory, also called Chi and Ruyi. Beautiful midcentury vintage rug of the 19...
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Contemporary Chinese Medallion-Inspired Purple and Gold Wool and Silk Square Rug
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
Originating from Nepal, this contemporary square rug draws on inspirations from both ornate antique Chinese medallion field designs and a subtle array of Versace-like sensibilities, ...
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2010s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
A 20th century Chinese silk rug, with a simple Art Deco design, very decorative and finely hand knotted with silk velvet on silk foundation.
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Late 20th Century Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
W 70.87 in. L 107.88 in.
Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
Located in New York, NY
A vintage silk Chinese carpet from the mid-20th century.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
  • Vintage Silk Chinese Rug
W 107 in. L 139 in.
Silk Chinese Red Pictorial Rug
Located in New York, NY
A Chinese silk pictorial rug. On a border-less burgundy red ground, 11 Immortals stand on clouds .Each immortal has its own unique colorful outfit or costume. The calligraphy most li...
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Vintage 1930s Chinese Expressionist Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk, Wool

Vintage Persian Tabriz Chinese Silk Rug with Art Nouveau Rococo Style
Located in Dallas, TX
77376, vintage Persian Tabriz Chinese silk rug with Art Nouveau Rococo style. With ornate details and well-balanced symmetry combined with a dreamy color palette, this hand knotted w...
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Late 20th Century Chinese Tabriz Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Rare Distressed Ningxia Chinese Silk Rug, Royal Blue and Pink Tones
Located in New York, NY
Now sadly distressed and condition-compromised, this rare antique silk northern central Chinese piece shows the remains of a dark blue field with large corner peony palmettes and ara...
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Antique 1890s Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Antique Chinese Wool and Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese silk rug. Size: 5'2" x 6'8".
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Antique Early 1900s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

19th Century Chinese Silk Rug in Red, Black, Beige and Brown
Located in New York, NY
19th century Chinese silk rug in red, black, beige and brown Size: 5'7" × 8'8" (170 × 264 cm) A late 19th century Chinese antique silk rug having an overall tile pattern in red, bl...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Wonderful Vintage Chinese Beijing Silk Rug
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Very pretty mid century Chinese beijing rug with beautiful Chinese design and nice colors, entirely and finely hand knotted with silk velvet on silk foundation.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinoiserie Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Contemporary Geometric Brown Dot Wool and Silk Rug
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
This contemporary geometric rug from Rug & Kilim originates in Nepal, known historically as a hub of popular antique and contemporary workshops. The all-over field design employs row...
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2010s Nepalese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Vintage Chinese Wool and Silk Rug
Located in Lohr, Bavaria, DE
Fine and unusual handknotted vintage wool and silk rug. Very good condition with oxidated silk.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

  • Vintage Chinese Wool and Silk Rug
  • Vintage Chinese Wool and Silk Rug
  • Vintage Chinese Wool and Silk Rug
  • Vintage Chinese Wool and Silk Rug
W 36.23 in. L 57.09 in.
Antique Deco Chinese Purple Wool-Silk Rug
Located in Long Island City, NY
This antique purple wool and silk rug has a deco style from China, made apparent in its imagery. From 1920, the all-over field design is accented by highly stylized vases with flower...
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Chinese Silk Sculpted Pictorial Hanging Rug, China, 20th Century
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Chinese silk sculpted pictorial hanging rug, China, 20th century Imitating a scroll painting with a vase issuing a sprig of prunus blossom next to a jardinière on a rootwood ...
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20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool

Fine Antique Imperial Chinese Red Silk Rug with Phoenixes
Located in Milan, IT
A very rare silk Ningxia carpet with an unusual lacquer red background decorated at the centre by a large phoenix and surrounded by four smaller phoenixes in the corners. The phoenix...
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Ming Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Little Silk China Carpet
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Little pretty antique silk Chinese carpet, suitable for wall for its elegance: already prepared with a tape on the reverse. Nr. 1183.
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Mid-20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Little Silk China Carpet
  • Little Silk China Carpet
  • Little Silk China Carpet
  • Little Silk China Carpet
W 30.32 in. L 48.04 in.
Floral All Over Design Rugs Chinese Oriental Cream Rug Carpet Pure Silk Rug
Located in Hampshire, SO51 8BY
This cream rug is a fine Chinese carpet with all-over rug design and highest quality natural rugs made of organic pure silk and vegetable dyes. The colour palette is a combination of...
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1990s Chinese Tabriz Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk, Organic Material

19th Century Chinese Floral Metal and Silk Thread Rug
Located in New York, NY
19th century Chinese floral metal and silk Thread rug Size: 5'0" × 8'0" (152 × 243 cm). A late 19th century antique Chinese metal and silk rug, circa 1880, Origin: China. This is a...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Metal

Vintage Silk Chinese Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Vintage silk Chinese carpet. Size: 5'0" × 8'2" (152 × 248 cm). An unusual late 19th century antique Chinese silk carpets, the purple field with a playful polychrome trellis overall...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

1900s Chinese Sandy Beige, Camel and Anthracite Handwoven Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
1900s Chinese sandy beige, camel and anthracite handwoven silk rug. Size: 4'1" × 6'7" (124 × 200 cm) This lovely antique rug is a splendid example of Chinese rug craft. Its firm bo...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Vintage Silk Chinese, Silk on Silk, circa 1950s
Located in Chevy Chase, MD
Vintage Silk Chinese, silk on silk, circa 1950s Design: Center medalion China has a long tradition of carpets and the original ones, probably used as merchandise, are dated at over...
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Vintage 1950s Chinese Other Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Vintage Chinese Silk Carpet
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Chinese Silk Carpet 9' x 11'4" - 275 x 345 cm   
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Late 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Vintage Chinese Silk Carpet
  • Vintage Chinese Silk Carpet
  • Vintage Chinese Silk Carpet
  • Vintage Chinese Silk Carpet
W 108 in. L 136 in.
Gold Small Size Dragon Design Antique Silk Chinese Rug. Size: 4 ft x 6 ft
Located in New York, NY
Breathtaking Small Size Antique Silk Chinese Rug , Country of Origin / Rug Type: China, Circa Date: 1900’s –Size: 4 ft x 6 ft (1.22 m x 1.83 m).
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Export Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Early 20th Century Chinese Orange, Ivory and Gray Handmade Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th century Chinese orange, ivory and gray handmade silk rug Size: 7'6" x 11'1" (228 x 337 cm) An early 20th century Chinese silk rugs with a rich orange field with large cr...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Antique Chinese Peking Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Peking rug, size: 6'0" x 8'0".
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Vintage 1920s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Art Deco Chinese Silk Fire Breathing Dragon Hand Knotted Rug
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Conversation piece Art Deco Chinese hand knotted fine silk rug depicting a fire breathing dragon in dramatic form. Work of art in silk, circa 1930s.
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Antique Chinese Khotan Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Chinese Khotan carpet. Measuring 9' x 13' Silk with wool high lights.
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Antique 1880s Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

  • Antique Chinese Khotan Rug
  • Antique Chinese Khotan Rug
  • Antique Chinese Khotan Rug
  • Antique Chinese Khotan Rug
W 108 in. L 156 in.
Antique Silk Chinese Runner, Fragment
Located in New York, NY
Antique Silk Chinese Runner, Fragment Size: 1'10" × 10'8" (55 × 325 cm) This stunning carpet runner, woven circa 1880 by an undoubtedly talented weaver, displays a stunning pattern...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Antique Chinese Silk Embroidered Tapestry, Wall Hanging
Located in Dallas, TX
71052, antique Chinese silk embroidered tapestry. This handwoven silk antique Chinese embroidered tapestry features a soothing nautical scene. River waters pour gently into the foreg...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Chippendale Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk, Silk

Collectible Antique Silk and Metallic Thread Chinese Dragon Rug. 6 ft x 9 ft 3in
Located in New York, NY
Stunning Room Size Collectible Antique Silk and Metallic Thread Chinese Dragon Design Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: China, Circa Date: 1900 - Size: 6 ft x 9 ft 3 in (1.83 m x 2....
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese Chippendale Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Metallic Thread

Early 20th Century Chinese Yellow, Pink, Blue and Brown Handmade Silk Rug
Located in New York, NY
Early 20th century Chinese yellow, pink, blue and brown handmade silk rug Size: 6'2" × 9'0" (187 × 274 cm) Chinese Art Deco rugs are well known thanks to their dazzling designs, bu...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

Silk Samarkand Vintage Rug
Located in New York, NY
Silk Samarkand vintage rug Size: 5'2" × 12'0" (157 × 365 cm) This circa 1850 vintage silk Samarkand rug consists of an elaborate all-over design of floral motifs and arabesques in ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

  • Silk Samarkand Vintage Rug
  • Silk Samarkand Vintage Rug
  • Silk Samarkand Vintage Rug
  • Silk Samarkand Vintage Rug
W 62 in. L 144 in.
Antique Chinese Carpet Late 19th Century China Rug
Located in Frankfurt / Dreieich, DE
Antique Chinese Carpet Late 19th Century. Dark blue, rose, with floral pattern. At the top some color loss. Otherwise very good condition. The carpet was cleaned by a specialist com...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Dragon Design Rug Wool and Silk in Style of Chinese Kansu Carpets
Located in Lohr, Bavaria, DE
Dragon design rug wool and silk in style of Chinese Kansu carpets 8 x 5.4 ft A beautiful contemporary dragon design rug, hand knotted using finest Chinese mulberry silk (60%) and ...
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2010s Nepalese Khotan Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Dragon Design Rug Wool and Silk in Style of Chinese Kansu Carpets
Located in Lohr, Bavaria, DE
Dragon design rug wool and silk in style of Chinese Kansu carpets 8 x 5.4 ft A beautiful contemporary dragon design rug, hand knotted using finest Chinese mulberry silk (80%) and ...
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2010s Nepalese Khotan Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Wool, Silk

Vintage Silk Samarkand (Khotan) Rug
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Silk Samarkand (Khotan) Rug Size: 6'6" × 11'6" (198 × 350 cm) Late 19th Century Silk Samarkand (Khotan) antique rug. Rows of geometric flowers rendered in pastel shades of bl...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Khotan Chinese and East Asian Rugs

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Silk

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Chinese Silk Rug For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal Chinese silk rug for your home. Each Chinese silk rug for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using fabric, silk and wool. If you’re shopping for a Chinese silk rug, we have 158 options in-stock, while there are 163 modern editions to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect Chinese silk rug — we have versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. A Chinese silk rug made by Modern designers — as well as those associated with Art Deco — is very popular. You’ll likely find more than one Chinese silk rug that is appealing in its simplicity, but Keivan Woven Arts, Schumacher and Ben Soleimani produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Chinese Silk Rug?

Prices for a Chinese silk rug can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, they begin at $225 and can go as high as $185,000, while the average can fetch as much as $8,898.

Finding the Right Rugs and 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.