HUNTING AND GATHERING
China, Tibet and East Turkestan
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16. 
Khaden with silk brocade pattern
Tibet
Circa 1880
160 x 93 cm (63 x 36.5 cm)


Knot count: 8 H x 4 V = 32 kpsi
Colours: sea green, dark blue, medium blue (3)
Condition: excellent. Full lush pile with original sides and ends.
Notes: Distinguished by the so-called Gyantse weave, composed of thick squarish knots, this antique Tibetan rug is characterised by a luscious sea green background embellished by an infinite repeat pattern of large roundels composed of conjoined lotus flowers, typical of Chinese silk brocades. The silky quality of the Himalayan wool coupled with the excellent condition place this khaden at the pinnacle of the Tibetan weaving tradition.

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