Chinese New Year's Rugs
The New Year in China is celebrated not on January 1, but on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which falls in the interval between January 21 and February 21. Every year in the Chinese calendar has the name of an animal. Every 12 years the names are repeated. In 2012 I decided to make a rug with snakes on it for 2013 New Year present for my daughter. Because I am very close with my daughter the idea to put a mother snake with a baby snake came to me. All the rugs are 11" x 17". The first rug with snakes needed something on the right upper corner for balance. So I added the Chinese characters for Happiness. The characters for the horses are Good Luck and Love, for the sheep - Beauty, for the monkeys - Harmony, for the rooster with his chick - Family, for the dogs - Excitement.