China, Tibet and East Turkestan

Pillar cover with Ming pattern
Northern China
Circa 1900
385 x 48 cm (151.5 x 19 in.)

Knot count: 7 H x 7 V = 49 kpsi
Colours: dark blue, medium blue, peach, light pink, bronze, light yellow, brown, ivory (8)
Condition: excellent, full silky wool pile overall with original sides and ends.
Notes: A very unusual long and narrow pillar rug, decorated by large lotus flowers with tracery in a manner reminiscent of Ming period weavings. I have seen three other examples of this type, all of which fragmentary (one is published in K.T. Darchen, Secrets of Tibetan Weaving, Hong Kong 2012, p. 92). These were most probably commissioned at the turn of the century for a specific monastery in Tibet.

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