Sandra Whitman opened her gallery in 1996, after years of collecting. The gallery deals only in Chinese carpets/textiles and stocks quality pieces from all rug-making provinces of China. The inventory includes decorative and collectable rugs/textiles from the Ming dynasty to the Republic period. Chinese rug making is a practical art form undertaken to create coverings for floors, seats, and other objects. The gallery is a resource for the collector but understands that rugs are made to be used.