"China has a long history of exporting traditional goods; however, it was not until the first half of the 19th century that the Chinese began to export their rugs. Once in contact with western influences, there was a large change in production: Chinese manufactories began to produce art-deco rugs with commercial look and price point." wikepedia
I was given this Chinese Art Deco rug as a wedding present 20 some years ago. I loved it. I later fell out of love. 
Lately I have come back to it with fresh eyes and a more open mind. It now somehow seems to me to be very much more modern than I thought. Rugs with patterns- other than Persians of course, which I like VERY much when used in  relatively modern interiors- are more appealing to me now and I suppose that is why I spot them more often when looking through magazines or blogs and websites. ( you know, like when you buy something and then proceed to notice it EVERYWHERE...)
  Here are some examples of Chinese art Deco rugs which I find exquisitely well mixed with the furniture and accessories around them.

I think I would happily mix a Chinese Art Deco rug with Chinese wallpaper like this one in designer Jeffrey Bilhuber's home.
I'll have to suggest it to him...

au revoir


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  2. Anonymous13/9/10

    Dear Jeanne-Aelia, Your Chinese rugs are lovely and I think the Art Deco patterns are most attractive indeed. I have recently inherited a large Chinese carpet about which I have been uncertain. Your posting has given me fresh ideas as to where it might be put down.

  3. Your Chinese rug is very pretty indeed. I have one that I also inherited years ago that is also busy but placed in a very neutral room and it really works. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!


  4. great post! I like the pillows as well!

  5. I have one I just am crazy about in my living room & another upstairs. One fascinating aspect of them is the saturation of color-and the colors themselves are heavenly. Hang on that rug. pgt