Pao Tao rug, handwoven near Beijing, China during the first quarter of the 20th century.
This Pao Tao rug features a majestic Fenghuang sitting on a rock in front of a pond filled with lotus flowers. Behind the mythical bird is a tree and chrysanthemums in full blossom. The rug is plush and borderless featuring cool blues, faded orange, pink, brown and ivory.
The fenghuang is a very auspicious symbol representing high virtue and grace. It often appears only in good times and to symbolize good things to come or the beginning of a new era.
In excellent condition. Pile is medium height, soft and plush, with a dense and heavy handle.