Khotan Samarkand Pomegranate Carpet

This handsome tribal rug was most likely woven in one of the oasis towns of East Turkestan (Khotan, Kashgar, and Yarkand), now in the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang, China. Carpets from East Turkestan were invariably traded via the Uzbek city of Samarkand, hence their misleading name. Wool-on-cotton rugs from this remote desert region are often characterised by a blend of Persian and Chinese motifs, a testament to this crossroads of civilizations.

In this fine example of Khotan textile art, the rug's deep blue field is occupied by a dense trellis of dull pink pomegranates and beige foliage. The pomegranate is an important and much-loved symbol in Central Asia, signifying prosperity. The main composition is surrounded by two borders in which light pastels and whites predominate, giving the rug a gentle and relaxing appearance: an inner border that is a hybrid of barber pole pattern and swastika motif; and an outer main border made up of an artful mix of elibelinde (hand-on-hips) and ram's horn motifs.

Country of Origin: China

Size: 4'3'' x 7'0''

Age: circa 1920

Material: Wool on cotton

Product Code: A10-063

Price: Rs143,000

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