China Déco

+ Antique / China Déco


China Decò

+ Antique / China Déco


China Déco

+ Antique / China Déco


 China Decò

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The first part of the 20th century saw a radical change in term of aesthetic choices, both in Europe and in the US. Between the 20s and 40s few american merchants started their own rug production in China, adapting to the new taste and market requests. By doing so they created a new type of rug that has been called Cina Dèco rug, which introduced a new and endless range of colours, transforming the traditional rugs, such as the Persian and Chinese one. 

 

New colours combinations became the new trend, with combinations never used before.  The soft blue of the traditional chinese rug was replaced by a bright lapis blue, the classic gold became more close to ochre. Emerald green, raspberry, purple and teal became the tipifying colours.

 

Decorations stand out of the monochromatic field, funning freely on top of the borders. The central medallion leaves space to stylized designs often bearer of simbolic meanings; the flowered corners become the most popular motif. In general we assist to a minimal aesthetic choice, which focuses on colours and on the silky feeling of the high-quality wool.

 

The Cina Déco rugs’ weaving started in Tientisn, industrial city of the north of China , nowdays still a very important centre for the production of commercial rugs. The most well-known Cina Déco rugs are the Nichols pieces, named after W. Nichols, the famous american merchant that first started this production just after the Great War. His production is characterized by the high quality wool and by decorative choices that are almost extreme and groundbreaking still today.  Another important producer was Mrs Fette, whose rugs have a less dense quantity of knots, therefore they have a floppy feel.

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