China, Tibet and East Turkestan

Rug with two niches
East Turkestan
Circa 1800
160 x 100 cm (63 x 39.5 in.)

Knot count: 10 H x 6 V = 60 kpsi
Colours: brick red, coral pink, pale rose, dark blue, medium blue, light blue, blue green, light green, pale green, dark brown, ivory (11)
Condition: medium to low pile, with corroded dark browns. Minor areas of repiling.
Notes: I donít know of any other east Turkestan rug with only two niches, displayed here in a sort of yin yang. The outstanding palette, consisting of three shades of red, blue and green, is used with the mastery of an experienced weaver, imparting a translucency similar to Medieval glass mosaics. All my fellow hunters will agree that early east Turkestan weavings are among the hardest one to find. This certainly belongs to the pinnacle of this rare family of rugs.

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