China, Tibet and East Turkestan

Rug with double dorjč
Northern China
Circa 1730
150 x 79 cm (59 x 31 in.)

Knot count: 6 H x 6 V = 36 kpsi
Colours: dark blue, rose red, salmon pink, lemon yellow, ivory (5)
Condition: area of localised wear, with severe wear at the center. A few scattered holes that need conservation. A stain in the central/left area. Possibly a fragment of a longer rug.
Notes: Most certainly woven for a Tibetan monastery, this rug is composed of two squares each contaning the double dorjč motif (also known as ‘crossed vajra’), which is the Buddhist symbol for a thunderbolt, protecting against evil. The spacing of the pattern, the quality of the weaving and the colour juxtaposition remind me of the refined carpets of the Yongzheng period (1723-1735).

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