National Geographic : 1949 Sep
The National Geographic Magazine © National Geographic Society Ansco Color U. S. Marine Corps, Official, by Lt. David D. Duncan Small Boy on a Magic Carpet? No, Young Merchant Guarding His Oriental Rugs Three of these rugs were purchased by the photographer for the equivalent of $20 in U. S. money; all were fine Orientals. Chinese rugs are noted for their geometric designs against backgrounds of plain colors, frequently yellow, blue, or cream. Symbols such as dragons and lotus blossoms are often woven into the figures. The finest Chinese rugs, made of soft wool, silk, or camel's hair, rival Persian rugs in beauty. Spreading out wares on the streets is common in Peiping. Behind the rug salesman a peanut vendor (right) complacently waits for business on Hata Men Street. Offered to the swirling crowd beyond him are all kinds of articles, from buttons and photographs to sweetmeats.