ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART IV
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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34. 
tsukdruk rug
tibet
circa 1900
218 x 183 cm (72 x 6)


Notes: wool extra weft loop pile on a wool plain weave ground
This highly unusual tsukdruk rug was probably used originally as a blanket, woven in six narrow strips on back-strap looms. Each strip is decorated on top by a by a brown compartment, followed by a series of irregularly shaped squares in camel and taupe colours. The offset chequerboard pattern created by the juxtaposition of the individual panels imparts a strong abstract movement to the design. Rugs such as this one are constructed in a technique that dates to the earliest forms of pile weaving. This particular example successfully relays the tribal spirit of Tibetan rugs.
Bibliography: T. Chondrak, K. Tashi, Of Wool and Loom - The Tradition of Tibetan Rugs (Bangkok, 2000).

 



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