Antique Art Nouveau-Art Deco period carpets.
Between the 1920s and 1940s, a number of American merchants began to commission carpets in China. Compared to traditional carpets, these works were more in keeping with the fashion and furnishing style of the times. The traditional beige, blue, light blue colours were replaced by bright violets, greens, browns and fuchsias, and figurative and bucolic designs also appeared.
The wools used also differed: imported from the mills of Manchester, they were decidedly ‘silkier’. The structure of the carpets also changed, with the pile becoming much longer. The most popular products of this kind were called “Nichols”, after one of the first American merchants to commission such items.