ANTIQUE TEXTILE ART III
A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles
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30. 
Khotan Rug
East Turkestan
Circa 1830
267 x 125 cm (89 x 41)


Notes: Asymmetrically knotted wool pile on cotton warps and wool and cotton wefts
A rare Khotan rug characterised by three blue discs which, according to Buddhist iconography, symbolises the seated Buddha at the centre on a lotus flower flanked by two Bodhisattvas. These are filled with an unusual garland of multicoloured eight-petal flowers and centred by rosettes reminiscent of central Asian guls, the latter being employed also as filler motifs in the field. At both ends we see represented an ewer from which sprout pomegranates, symbols of fertility, leafs and flowers. The warm palette consisting of brick red and a wonderfully luminous yellow is typical of the earliest east Turkestan rugs. Their quintessential beauty is best exemplified here in the perfect balance between the force of the geometric design and the graceful eloquence of the curvilinear motifs.
Bibliography: E. Herrmann, Seltene Orientteppiche VIII (Munich 1986), plate 110: 237.

 



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