For many years, the art of rug making in China was reserved only for residents of that country. While China exported many other items, the rugs and carpets designed and created by Chinese artisans were not available for general purchase. The Ming dynasty is most associated with the establishment of the rug making industry in China and codified restrictions on the designs and ownership of rugs within the country. For instance, rugs featuring five-toed dragons were reserved only for the ruling emperor. Designs that included depictions of four-toed dragons were the sole province of the nobility. The experts at Infinity Rug Care can provide you with the guidance and assistance you need to keep your Chinese rugs in optimal condition to preserve their value and beauty for future generations.
The Art Deco PeriodWhile traditional Chinese rug designs feature intricate repeating patterns and depictions of epic scenes, the Art Deco period introduced a new sensibility that included more open space, the use of brighter tones and pictorial elements. Trees, mountains and clouds are among the most common features of this new period in Chinese rug making.
Caring for Your Chinese RugA few helpful hints can go a long way toward preserving the beauty and the value of your Chinese rugs. At Infinity Rug Care, we can provide you with expert advice on the proper care for these antique items. Here are some of the most important guidelines for keeping your rug looking its best.
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, which can fade the dyes used to color these rugs and carpets. If such exposure cannot be easily avoided, you may be able to treat your windows with an anti-UV coating that can block nearly all of the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun.
- Never use commercial cleaning products on your Chinese rugs. If emergency cleaning is needed, apply water and blot it with a clean cloth until the stain fades.
- Placing padding under your rug can prevent it from slipping and can provide added protection against impacts during everyday use.
- Scheduling regular cleanings with a South Florida rug cleaner can restore the brilliant colors and the beauty of your Chinese rug without damage to these valuable artworks.