Triple Scorpion Tibetan Carpet

The triple-medallion design, also found in rugs from the Caucasus and from East Turkestan, is common in the Tibetan tradition. In Tibet, the medallions are said to symbolise coins or Buddhist mandalas, while some scholars believe that the three-medallion arrangement is derived from representations of the Buddha flanked by two attendants.

In this case, however, the carpet's design betrays the strong influence that Turkic carpet-weaving traditions have had on Tibetan rugs. The three medallions have been replaced by three octagonal forms that strongly resemble the hooked diamonds of Anatolian designs, sometimes identified as stylised scorpions; or even the kochanak motifs found in many Turkic textiles.

The border, on the other hand, is quite Tibetan in its idiosyncrasy-what may have started as a scrolling meander or Greek key pattern has been partly unravelled and playfully ruffled.

Country of Origin: Tibet

Size: 3'0 x 5'4''

Age: circa 1930

Material: Wool

Product Code: A10-113

Price: Rs37,000

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