Chinese Rugs

Chinese Rugs

Create a warm home with traditional Chinese rugs

There’s nothing quite like the soft and cosy feel of a wool rug underneath your feet! Here at Shimu we have a beautiful collection of high quality rugs in a wide range of traditional and contemporary rug designs. Rugs are the perfect accessory for a living room, bedroom or hallway, offering a great way to create a warm and welcoming feel in your home.

A brief history of Chinese rugs and carpets

The Chinese rug making industry is many centuries old, with a long and rich history. Unfortunately textiles such as rugs are difficult to preserve, however the oldest surviving examples of Chinese rug making date from the time of the last emperor of the Chen Dynasty. Although old and very rare examples are available, carpet weaving in China did not become a widely-accepted craft until the last half of the 18th century, largely because of the scarcity of wool.

China has long be renowned for its creation of superb quality goods which were purely made for export overseas, such as ceramics. However, Chinese carpets were initially made almost exclusively for internal sale. The rugs and carpets produced were of extremely high quality and only those who were very rich and of high status would have been able to afford them.

Despite this, once China increased contact with the West, rug and carpet production began to diversify into the creation of cheaper products, designed to appeal to Western tastes. As such, during the 1930s and into the early 40s, Chinese rug production became increasingly affordable, encouraging art deco rug makers to have their products made in China.

Antique Chinese rugs are instantly recognisable with their intricate designs which usually feature floral images, mythical animals and symbols from the natural world. A range of colours are used, with the most common including red, blue, yellow, white and beige.

Oriental Rugs

Our collection of oriental rugs includes everything from ornate hand tufted Turkish and Persian rugs, through to simple contemporary designs, tribal rugs and rugs made from natural materials such as jute. In addition, you’ll find that our rugs are available in a wide range of sizes, including runners, making them perfect for use all around the house.

Our kelim rugs are hand woven in India and are available in a range of eye-catching, multicoloured tribal and kelim designs. Or for something traditional and redolent of the orient, why not take a look at our Turkish rugs, which are also available in a selection of stunning designs and beautiful colour combinations?

Simple hemp or jute rugs look stunning in contemporary interiors where it’s braided fibres of the material which ensure the design stands out. These rugs are ideal for complementing the clean lines of modern furniture and thanks to their neutral colours, will never go out of style.

Shop for Chinese rugs at Shimu - the home of oriental furniture and accessories

All of our rugs are available to buy online at Shimu for direct delivery throughout the UK. Alternatively, why not visit our light and airy showroom which is located in Albion Mills, Greengates, West Yorkshire?

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