Antique Peking Chinese Oriental Rug 8’0” X 9’8” #8045

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This circa 1900 antique Peking Chinese Oriental Rug measures 8’0” X 9’8”. It has an ecru to ivory field which has a very interesting design consisting of Buddhist iconographies. There is the wheel of life, conch shells, bells, five butterflies, two birds in white, two pagodas next to water features, two smoking sensors in opposite corners, hanging lanterns suspended by an endless knot and small tables supporting flower filled urns. The medium dark blue border contains different floral motifs and a smoking sensor. The colors are quite beautiful and serene. This rug is full pile. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $125.00.

Antique Peking Chinese Oriental Rug 10’3” X 11’9” #7965

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This circa 1900 Peking Chinese Oriental Rug measures 10’3” X 11’9”.  It has a deep blue field with a center motif of a wreath of flowers with a butterfly north and south. There are six sprays of flowers in the field in two shades of blue, tobacco and ivory. The corners are done in a floral motif with flowers mostly water lilies coming from a water feature with all four corners being slightly different. The minor border is done in tobacco and has Chinese fretwork designs in navy blue. The major border in a lighter shade of blue contains flowers, wreaths and serrated leaves on vines in two shades of tobacco, some red, and peach. The rug has a very sophisticated and attractive motif. The rug is full pile. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $200.00.


Antique Peking Chinese Rug 4’0” X 6’9” 7935

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This circa 1910 Peking Chinese rug measures 4’0” X 6’9”. It has a light tan ground with a wreath center medallion filled with a town scene with 2 or 3 buildings and pagodas next to a water feature. The field holds six flower sprigs in two shades of blue and ivory. The corners are worked in a floral motif. The major border is blue with a meandering vine and flower motif in off pink, ivory, tobacco and two shades of blue all on a medium blue ground. It is full pile. The only problem with the rug is that it is missing the little tan border at the bottom end. The rug is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping which includes insurance of $75.00.

Peking Chinese Oriental Rug 9’2” X 11’7” #7865

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This circa 1900 Peking Chinese Oriental Rug measures 9’2” X 11’7” (280 x 356 cm).  This rug is simply delicious. It has a mahogany colored field framed with a dark bamboo colored minor border with blue specks. Outside of this minor border are twirling leafs and flowers in three shades of blue, sparkling ivory, yellow and peach. The large flowers are chrysanthemums and the small ones are peonies. In the center of the field are two butterflies flitting about. The major border is a dark blue which is not as dark as navy blue. One corner contains a flowering tree with a two story pagoda with decks. The next corner has a nice flowering branch. In the middle of the major border on either side is a branch containing three types of flowers. Each side is different from the other. In the right top corner there is a flowering branch with a pagoda flying a flag on a water feature. The last corner has a flowering branch with peach, rose, ivory and tobacco flowers. This rug in essentially in perfect condition. It is full pile. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $150.00.


#7261 Antique Mongolian Rug 6’5” x 9’4”

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This late 19th century antique Mongolian Oriental carpet measures 6’5” x 9’4” (198.12cm x 286.512cm). It has a very lovely design of three trees in three colors of blue growing out of a rockery serving as the shore of a water feature. Going up the field, which is in the color of old ivory, we find a pair of spotted cattle or possibly deer standing next to a pair of red crested cranes with brilliant orange legs. Proceeding further upward, there is a cloud motif with two small bats and a well drawn butterfly. As we get to the top of the rug, the two larger trees begin to branch out into very geometrically designed leafs done in triangles and cubes. The border motif is very unusual and quite lovely. The small minor border has a pearl motif on a deep blue ground. Going outward towards the edge, we next come to a blue reciprocal border which is absolutely beautifully drawn with a wonderful use of negative space. The major border is essentially a crosshatched snow flake design, that is if snowflakes had eight sides. This border is very ancient and sometimes found as a field motif in 17th century rugs. The outer border is a solid dark blue with a wonderful design of antique money and cartouches with Mongolian characters. I have never seen this represented in a Mongolian rug before. The rug is full pile. The ends and sides are complete. It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays shipping with insurance of $95.

#7202 Antique Art Deco Chinese Rug 3’0 x 6’0

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This circa 1930 Art Deco Chinese rug measures 3’0” x 6’0”. It has a meditating monk with red and orange robes next to a pair of cranes and above a pair of deer, all under a grove of trees in a rock garden with a water feature at the bottom.  There are mountains and a stream meandering through. There are large flowers in reds, greens, and yellows. The colors are very vibrant.  This rug is full pile and it is clean and ready to go.  The buyer pays shipping with insurance of $50.

#6867 Antique Art Deco Chinese Rug 4’3 x 7’3

This Art Deco Chinese Feti weave rug measures 4’3” x 7’3”. It has a lovely pale pink field with a small house, a small pagoda, a small open pavilion and a water feature in each of the corners, all encompassed with a pale sand colored border with a great design of houses, trees, farms, and lakes.  They are teeny hump back bridges.  It really is quite well done.  The rug is essentially mint condition.  It is clean and ready to go.  The buyer pays shipping of $75.

#7085 Antique Peking Chinese Rug 6’0″ X 9’0″

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This circa 1900 Peking Chinese Oriental rug measures 6’0’ x 9’0”. It is a lovely depiction of a water feature.  From the bottom up, there is a rockery upon which sits a small house and some trees.  Proceeding westward across the lake sits a small pagoda beside a house with trees.  In the center of a bridge on a stone plinth sits a blue bull above which is a steamboat with a paddle wheel with smoke coming from the stacks and banners flying.  There is water fowl flying rapidly away from the bow of the boat to the safety of the rockery ahead of them.   Above the boat is a covered bridge.  Proceeding eastward from the aforementioned rockery is a fortified castle on the edge of the water.  Above this to the left is a fortified building at the water’s edge, protected by a rockery and a high brick wall.  Smoke wafts from its chimney above which is a full moon in the clouds above which sits a pagoda on a rocky beach surrounded by flowering trees.  This entire image is enclosed by a pink border with birds in the corner.  Tables, seats, and scrolls make up the rest of the border motif.   This is a very unique, one-of-a-kind, solid antique Chinese rug.  It is full pile.   It is clean and ready to go.  The buyer pays shipping and insurance of $95.00.

#7184 Antique Peking Chinese Rug 6’1″ X 8’10”

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This circa 1910 Peking Chinese Oriental rug measures 6’1” x 8’10”. It has a navy blue ground with a single motif.  There is a large silver gray monkey in a tree in the upper left corner.  Across the bottom is a large rockery with flowering trees and a water feature.  A spotted buck is cavorting with a butterfly.  Birds are flitting about the field.  The minor border has Chinese fretwork and flowers.  The major border is composed of cartouches containing flowers, fish and various Buddhist and Taoist icons.  This rug is essentially in mint condition.   It is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $95.

#7292 Antique Art Deco Chinese Rug 9’0″ X 11’8″


This circa 1930 Art Deco Chinese Oriental rug measures 9’0” X 11’8”. It has a light café au lait field with a center medallion containing the symbol for Shui for good luck and endless knots, and the wheel of life, combined with floral images and blue bats, also a symbol of good luck. The field consists of bouquets of flowers, bats, endless knot’s, incense burners, etc.   The minor border has Chinese fretwork with floral corners.  The major border in navy blue has pagodas in the corners with a rockery, willow trees and a water feature with a large flowering tree.  Continuing around the design are blue and gold fish, incense burners, flowers, potted plants, and some fruits.  This rug is in excellent condition with one low spot near the medallion the size of a hand.  The rest is full pile.  The rug is clean and ready to go.  The buyer pays at the shipping with the insurance of $150.

#7314 Antique Art Deco Chinese Rug 11’3” X 17’6”

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This circa 1930 Feti Chinese Art Deco rug measures 11’3” X 17’6”. It has a navy blue field with good luck calligraphy ‘Shou’ repeated four times in the field.  The opposite corners consist of a peacock imposed on a rockery vista.  Opposing corners consist of a six story pagoda beneath a weeping willow tree in a water feature.  The field is covered in urns containing flowering trees, bouquets, little piles of rocks with foliage, writing stands, butterflies, endless wheels, the conch shell, bamboo sprouts, and beribboned scrolls.  The minor border consists of various forms of archaic money.  The major border contains light sky blue cartouches on a medium blue ground with several different water motifs such as sailboats, hump back bridges, a peninsula of land containing trees. These are  interspersed with pairs of blossoms.  The colors are a light pink, puce, medium blue, navy blue, and sea foam green.  This is a very nice overall design.  This rug is in perfect condition.  It is clean and ready to go.  The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $250.

#7546 Antique Art Deco Chinese Rug 9’6″ X 11’3″

7546 Art Deco Chinese Rug

This circa 1910 Art Deco Chinese Oriental Rug measures 9’6” x 11’3” (292 x 344 cm).  It has a deep dark bing cherry red field which has contains six floral sprigs in three colors of blue with yellow, gold and brown surrounding a medallion consisting of a peacock with its tail spread in the center of a floral wreath. The corners are done in a floral motif in the midst of which is a yellow urn containing flowers. The entire rug is encompassed with a double border in two colors of blue. The inner lighter blue border consists of blossoms and butterflies. The outer major border in dark blue consists of cartouches containing various scenes such as pagodas, a water feature and floral motifs. The cartouches are separated with various designs such as pots, urns, flower pots on stands and bamboo urns with Chinese hash marks. These hash marks are very unusual. Of the 1000’s of Chinese rugs I have owned maybe only 3-4 have Chinese writing. This rug is 99% full pile and the wool is like velvet. The wear is confined to a place ½ the size of my hand in the lower right corner and an area the same size in the upper right corner and a place about 12” x 6” in the upper left corner. Please see the photos. The ends and sides are complete. The rug is clean and ready to go. The buyer pays the shipping with insurance of $150.

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Buried in the permafrost, the worlds oldest rug. The Pazyryk Carpet.

Robert and Holly Mosby view the Pazyryk Carpet in St Peterburg Russia

Horseman, Pazyryk felt artifacts.

Treasure from St Petersburg and the Pazyryk Carpet

Horseman, Pazyryk felt artifacts.

Pazyrk rug in St. Petersburg Russia
Pazyrk rug in St. Petersburg Russia

The Pazyryk (Russian: Пазырык) burials are a number of Scythian Iron Age tombs found in the Pazyryk Valley of the Ukok plateau in the Altai Mountains, Siberia, south of the modern city of Novosibirsk, Russia; the site is close to the borders with China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Numerous comparable burials have been found in neighboring western Mongolia.

The tombs are Scythian-type kurgans, barrow-like tomb mounds containing wooden chambers covered over by large cairns of boulders and stones, dated to the 4th - 3rd centuries BCE.[5] The spectacular burials at Pazyryk are responsible for the introduction of the term kurgan, a Russian word of Turkic origin, into general usage to describe these tombs. The region of the Pazyryk kurgans is considered the type site of the wider Pazyryk culture. The site is included in the Golden Mountains of Altai UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The bearers of the Pazyryk culture were horse-riding pastoral nomads of the steppe, and some may have accumulated great wealth through horse trading with merchants in Persia, India and China.  This wealth is evident in the wide array of finds from the Pazyryk tombs, which include many rare examples of organic objects such as felt hangings, Chinese silk, the earliest known pile carpet, horses decked out in elaborate trappings, and wooden furniture and other household goods. These finds were preserved when water seeped into the tombs in antiquity and froze, encasing the burial goods in ice, which remained frozen in the permafrost until the time of their excavation.

Because of a freak climatic freeze, some of the Altaic burials, notably those of the 5th century BCE at Pazyryk and neighbouring sites, such as Katanda, Shibe, and Tuekt, were isolated from external climatic variations by a protective layer of ice that conserved the organic substances buried in them. Certain geometric designs and sun symbols, such as the circle and rosette, recur at Pazyryk but are completely outnumbered by animal motifs. Such specifically Scythian features as zoomorphic junctures—i.e., the addition of a part of one animal to the body of another—are rarer in the Altaic region than in southern Russia. The stag and its relatives, however, figure as prominently in Altaic as in Scythian art.  

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The Story of Nichols Rugs

The Story of Nichols Chinese Rugs

This article is a reprint scanned in from a brochure published in the 1930's by the Nichols Chinese Rug Company

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This little brochure has been compiled with the object of presenting Chinese Rugs in general and Nichols Super Rugs in particular before prospective purchasers in a manner we believe will stimulate your interest and appreciation.

All experts agree that Chinese Super Rugs as made today represent the greatest intrinsic value in floor covering fabrics produced anywhere in the world.

Nichols Super Rugs combine that wonderful fabric with designs, colors and workmanship placing them in a class by themselves. We have illustrated the following pages as profusely as possible with actual photographs to help us achieve our objective.

Brief history

The art of making woven rugs and tapestries goes far back into the musty realms of antiquity. Chinese rugs may have originated from other countries such as Egypt and Persia but the first woven rugs were spoken of in Chinese annals so

long ago that Chinese carpets may well have antedated those of any country. The theories as to whether rug making originated in China or came from the Near East cannot be substantiated because records so far back in the dim past are confusing. The growth of rug weaving may even have been contemporaneous in the two parts of the world as a result of the intercourse maintained by early traders. The swastika which appears in so many Chinese designs is also found in Egyptian symbolism. It means good luck, abundance, happiness and prosperity. Some scholars believe this sign to have originated in China. Carpet weaving attained a high degree of artistic value in the Tigris,Euphrates Valley and though no Chinese designs are linked with the ruins of Ninevah, the Persian knot used in weaving most Chinese rugs may have come from there. At first carpets woven in China were used principally for saddle cloths and for the K'ang or brick couch of the North but with the advent of Buddhism they assumed greater artistic importance being used not only for prayer rugs for devotees to kneel upon but also for temple floor coverings and wall hangings. Until the Ch'ing dynasty carpets were made only in Northwest China and were brought into Peking as tribute to the Court. The modern industry was founded by a Llama priest who came to pay tribute to the Court bringing with him examples of the rug weavers art of Northwest China. The rugs were so popular at the Court that the priest set up a weaving school outside the East Gate of the city of Peking, and so taught the art of weaving to the people. It is from the teachings of this Llama priest that the modern Chinese rug has sprung.

In 1924 W. A. B. Nichols of Tientsin, North China, introduced the Super Chinese Rug which has become world famous. It is known in every market as the most durable and beautiful product of the modern Chinese weavers art and adorns the homes of people all over the earth.



There are five major departments to be considered in the manufacture of a Super Rug, namely:

Materials (Wool, Woolen Yarn, warp and Weft)

Dyes and Dyeing

Color and Design


Chemical Washing

To obtain perfect results all these things must be of the highest quality and coordinated under one management. A Nichols Super Rug is entirely a Nichols product. It is transformed from raw wool into a beautiful floor covering within the confines of our own factories and when we say our own factories we mean that we own the buildings, own the looms, own every tool and every rice bowl that is used in them. We do not "farm" out our yarn to be made into rugs by others - we do it all from beginning to end.



Visitors are always welcome to our plants so let us pretend that you have taken a trip halfway round the world and landed in Tientsin and dropped in to call upon us. We will take you on a tour of our factories and show you each phase of rug making separately in order that you may have a clearer understanding of just how it is all accomplished.



Wool, of course, is the largest component part of a rug, accounting for about 80% of its weight, therefore it is of the utmost importance to the fabric. All the wool that goes into a Nichols Rug is first carefully selected for length and strength of staple-only live resilient wool being considered suitable. Next it is thoroughly scoured with soap and warm water to remove dirt and foreign matter. This is very important because wool that has not been properly scoured will smell very sheepy for years after. Next the clean wool is sorted again and all the short pieces taken out, also the black and brown is eliminated and only pure white fleecy wool goes to the spinning mill. Here it is spun into a uniform woolen yarn by the Mule system of spinning and this white yarn in the grease goes to the dyer.



The dyeing department is one of the greatest importance. Only the best foreign dyes are used and these are applied to the yarn by the fastest known process for dyeing wool. The yarn must first be washed to remove the spinning oil otherwise it will not dye even and streaks show up in the carpets.

We have over eight hundred different colors and tones of colors in our collection and still are always developing new ones. Every one of these colors is guaranteed to be fast to light and washing.


Dyed in the Wool

All our indigo blues are dyed in the wool to insure uniform shades. We have twelve tones of indigo blue running from light to very dark.

This is China's national color and used a great deal in Chinese rugs and are to be found in most antique carpets.

Among the ancient traditional designs the dragon occupies the foremost position. It is symbolic of royalty and ranks first on all carpets, embroideries, bronzes, porcelains and palace buildings.

The eight immortal Genii of Taoism, believed to have been disciples of Lao-Tzu, have passed on their deified attributes as motifs for designs. The phoenix is also very important. As a messenger of the eight Genii it is the medium of intercourse between them and living beings. Its appearance heralds good times and happy events.

India has contributed most of all to the designs of Chinese rugs through Buddhism. The designs of Chinese carpets are all older than carpet weaving itself because they are derived from those used in silk weaving. These in turn have the same origin as the paintings found on old Chinese pottery. A wealth of designs which have been utilized for carpets are found in old manuscripts and on painted and carved walls of ancient temples. They have been closely related to the legends and the various religions of the Chinese people. Thanks to the tenacity with which the Chinese cling to all that is ancient we still find these old designs being woven lending to the Chinese carpets a very special charm not only on account of their great antiquity of design but also on account of their peculiarity and unique characteristics retained through centuries and making of each carpet a surviving evidence of an historical past.

The continuous development of carpet designs owes its loveliest inspirations to the trees and flowers of China. Natural flowers are always realistically reproduced and are seldom so conventionalized as the design on Persian carpets so that every species of flower is recognizable at sight. The peach blossom, symbol of the spring and the

blossom of the fruit of life; the lotus flower, emblem of the summer; the chrysanthemum, emblem of the autumn; the narcissus, emblem of the winter; the plum blossom; symbol of beauty; the orchid, valued for its fragrance; the bamboo, emblem of longevity and enduring bloom; the peony, flower of wealth and respectability. All these are the flowers which are used most often and to great advantage. Neoclassic designs are the very latest influence in Chinese rug styles taking as they do the old classic patterns and working them up in colors of today. Also bringing out the design by beveling all around it, producing a very beautiful molded effect.

Much has been said and written regarding the value and beauty of antique rugs but it is a recognized fact that people of good taste and refinement today prefer modern rugs and this choice comes from the fact that in modern rugs one can achieve a more artistic interior----one more suited to the individual and in perfect harmony with their surroundings. There is no rug that lends itself to this more than the Chinese. Too much cannot be said about the beauty and interpretation of Nichols designs, for into these rugs is woven the culture, beauty and heritage of China. The designs have been gleaned from old palace rugs, porcelains, pottery, temple decorations and bronzes, the old containing a mixture of the new thus modernizing the design and making the rug a thing of beauty for the western home. We maintain a staff of skilled artists who are always on the alert for something new and who combine the best elements of the Western and Chinese designs into a harmoniously blended whole.

We are also pleased to execute the ideas of our customers in weaving designs submitted by them or in working up designs to meet their individual requirements as to type or color. Having selected a design and color scheme and with the yarn all dyed accordingly, we now enter the weaving room. Assuming the carpet is to be made in the popular 9xI2 size we find the loom that has been allocated for this order and the four weavers who will weave the rug (one weaver usually works a section 2 1/2  feet wide).

These four weavers now start stringing the warp. This is done by carrying a strong cotton cord around the loom and back again, looping it over a steel or bamboo rod at the bottom, thereby making one continuous warp for the whole rug. The warp cord itself must be very strong and free from knots. Only the best knotless warp is used in Nichols Rugs.

After the warp has been strung the upper and lower beams of the loom are spread apart by a powerful jack and wedged in that position.

Next the paper loom drawing which is the actual size of the design to be made is placed behind the warp and weavers trace the pattern on the warp itself with red ink. (If this ink is not properly made and applied it often discolors light ugs when they are washed at some future date.)

The design having been transferred to the warp the weavers now start the rug by making a webbing of cotton about one inch wide at the bottom. This is not only to form part of the fringe but also to enable the yarn to be pounded down tight as the weaving progresses.

The weavers then start putting in a row of woolen yarn by twisting it around the two warp cords forming a figure eight, the outside loop of which is chopped off leaving the two ends sticking out, creating the pile of the rug. The warp cords are separated by a harness that goes around each one and is fastened to a stick that is behind the weaver's head. This he reaches up and pulls after every line of knots has been tied and thus crosses the warp cords and pinches the woolen yarn in between them.

A line of cotton weft threads is then inserted between the crossed warp cords above the woolen yarn and the warp is crossed again. These are all beaten down together with an iron fork. Another line of woolen knots are tied and the same operation is repeated over and over again. The weft threads are not carried all the way across the rug but are short lengths and taken from one weaver to another, overlapping where they meet by a few lengths of warp. Each weaver ties about 8,000 knots a day, completing about one square foot of the rug's surface. Each knot is chopped off when it is tied about 1/8 of an inch longer than the height of pile required and then this extra length is cut off with scissors. After a day's weaving has been finished the surface is trimmed up again with wider scissors until it is perfectly even.

A 9x12 rug is usually woven about four feet and then the loom beams are loosened and the whole warp is shifted down and around the back of the loom. The loom is tightened up again and weaving resumed. This operation is repeated until the rug is completed. Before the rug is shifted the design must be cut all around the edge to make it stand out from the  background. This is a distinctive feature in Chinese rugs. No other Oriental rug has ever had this carved effect. When the rug is finished it is cut down from the loom and the weavers must spend a day or two fixing and trimming it up after which it is carefully examined by expert inspectors and if found satisfactory the weavers are paid for their work and start on another rug.

It takes four weavers about one month to weave a9x12 rug. Of course, the more intricate the design the longer it takes to weave. The weavers are paid extra for hard designs.

There are no carpet weavers in China superior to those employed by us. They are carefully selected and trained. They work in the cleanest and most modern factories in China where they are well fed and housed and where medical attention is always available. They come from the Northern provinceswhich have always been the home of the finest weavers. We employ no child labor or apprentices. Because of their ideal working conditions happier workmen cannot be found, and knot by knot their deft fingers create the most beautiful carpets in the market because it is the innermost desire of these weavers, influenced by tradition, folklore and superstition, to produce a product which cannot be surpassed.

"A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever," sang Keats, and this can truly be said of a Nichols Chinese Rug, for it creates joy in the heart of its owner and its beauty spreads sunshine wherever it may be. One can read the glory and culture of China's imperial past when studying the rare old designs of these rugs, for China in sign and symbol has been woven into them.


Chemical washing

This is a process that puts a silky sheen on the surface of the rug and makes it soft and pliable. It takes out of the rug all the surplus wool fibres that would otherwise come out in six months of sweeping and it polishes the tip of each individual wool tuft so that dirt and dust will not stick to them, making a washed rug much easier to keep clean than an unwashed rug. People often remark that they have been told the washing takes out half the life of a rug. This is not a fact. The washing process does reduce the height of the pile a small fraction of an inch but Nichols Rugs are made with a higher pile when they are woven to compensate for this loss. Here are some of the important points to remember when considering the relative merits of a washed rug and an unwashed rug. The chemical washing is a severe process-there is no doubt about that. It brings out all the latent defects in any rug. Therefore when you see a washed rug you see just what you are going to get for your money. You can feel it and judge for yourself the life that is left in it. You can see if it has faded.

If it has not faded in the washing it will never fade. It has been saturated with water two or three times, therefore it is washable and you can wash a Nichols Rug as many times as you'd like. It is disinfected by the chemicals and safe to be laid down in your home. It contains no uncertainties. On the other hand unwashed rugs of any kind contain all the uncertainties we have just mentioned and a lot more. Some of the Persian rugs, when they are washed, lose nearly all their color and have to be painted with dyes in the New York washing plants. It is a common practice to change the entire color scheme of there rugs to meet the current demand. No such thing can be done with Nichols Rugs. Their colors are FAST and are only softened and mellowed in the washing. Some people also say the sheen does not last. This is not true. If you could keep your rug in a glass case the sheen would last indefinitely, but dust and dirt dulls it and then a washing with soap-and water will restore to your rug the original beautiful lustre. We have proven this statement a thousand times by washing customers rugs purchased from us years before and they have never failed to turn out as lovely as the day they were bought. Experience has taught us that chemical washing is also a protection against moths. Washed rugs are not susceptible to the ravages of this insect nearly as much as unwashed rugs. We have actually had cases of our washed rugs in storage for over two years without any protective material such as napthalene and the rugs opened up in perfect condition. This is important when it is considered that many of our customers buy their rugs "in bond" and may be obliged to leave them packed for a much longer period than anticipated. We unhesitatingly recommend the chemical washing process and all Nichols Rugs are so treated unless we are specifically instructed to the contrary.

Care of Rugs

Because of the beautiful clean condition in which you find your Nichols Rug when it is delivered to you, its care is reduced many fold and the only necessary attention for many years is merely that of routine house cleaning which is done with either a broom or a vacuum cleaner. You do not need to be afraid to use even the strongest vacuum cleaner on a Nichols Rug. When the fringes are soiled they may be cleaned with dry cornmeal by brushing the cornmeal vigorously in and out of the fringe; if soiled sufficiently, scrub the fringe with soap and water.

Nichols rugs may be washed with soap and water or, if only the surface is soiled, use a small portion of alcohol or ammonia in tepid water and go over the rug with this mixture. Most stains can be removed with gasoline or soap and water. It is better to dry the rugs on a flat surface rather than hang them on a line. Of course, all large cities have rug cleaning establishments and we recommend any reliable firm of this kind for a thorough cleaning; they cannot damage a Nichols Rug in the ordinary course of any cleaning process. Our New York Office will be glad to give you advice on this subject if you consult them


In Peking we have converted the former palace of a Manchu Prince into a weaving establishment containing fifty looms. The Old Audience Hall, seventy.five feet long, serves as our rug showroom. The original living quarters of the Prince's familv now house our two hundred weavers. This "Palace Factory" is now one of the sights of the city and visited by thousands of tourists every year. Should you be fortunate enough to ever spend a few days in Peking you are cordially invited to come and go through this unique place from a purely sightseeing point of view. It is not necessary to buy a rug - just see them made in a Palace and you will agree they are "Fit for a King."

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See our Chinese rugs for sale:

#7266 Antique Art Deco Chinese Carpet 8’11” X 11’10”

#7728 Antique Nichols Art Deco Chinese Oriental Rug 9’0″ X 11’11”