Chinese Art Deco Rugs are a product of culture clashing. They have become prevalent in American Homes, known for their unique design and varying cultural influences, Art Deco is a style of visual arts, design, and architecture that first appeared before World War I. It influenced the design of jewelry, fashion, cars, buildings, and (most impressively) area rugs. This style embraced exotic cultures, including those from China, Japan, India, Persia, and ancient Egypt. During this era, Chinese Art Deco Rugs were born.
THE HISTORY OF CHINESE ART DECO RUGS-
For centuries, Chinese Artists created rugs solely for Chinese Citizens. It wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that rugs became a major export of the country. Once demand rose, mass production became the focus – rather than traditional design.
Surprisingly, Chinese Art Deco Rugs came into existence almost by mistake. These carpets were first introduced during the Jazz Age (between 1920 and 1930). While they fit the spirit of the time and continue to impress consumers around the world today, the reason for their existence is largely unknown.
During World War I, Mideastern Trade Links were badly damaged, making luxury area rugs from Turkey and Iran (the “Weaving Belt”) difficult to obtain. This, paired with consumers’ want for significant change, led to the intense popularity of traditional Chinese Carpets. Soon, Western Versions of the originals became the focus of the era.
Although there was no Art Deco movement in China itself, these carpets became known as Chinese Art Deco Rugs.
The exact origin of the rug is hotly debated. Some experts believe Chinese Students, who studied art in major schools in both Japan and Europe, created the carpet designs famous for honing international trends. Others give credit to a group of American Entrepreneurs living in China during the Jazz Age.
One thing remains certain. Chinese Art Deco Rugs are still a popular artistic staple in the United States and around the world.