Antique Khotan Rugs
, from East Turkestan
Antique rugs from the city of Khotan have a style that is all their own. These exceptional rugs make the legends of Marco Polo and the Silk Road come alive. Khotan is an oasis and an age-old center for international design. From the ornate borders and grand medallions to the stunning repeating patterns, each carpet from Khotan captures a cosmopolitan style that is different than all the other rugs produced in East Turkestan. The city has an ancient crafting culture that includes both silk and carpet weaving. Rugs from Khotan depict an abundance of cultural and stylistic influences.
The pomegranate, whether it is depicted as an elegant shrub with symmetric branches or an exquisite seed-filled fruit, is the most important and iconic regional symbol. These local symbols are often paired with faraway accents from Buddhists in the east and Islamic groups in the west. The exquisite rugs of Khotan harmoniously balance contrasting styles while turning them into local icons. Stylistically speaking, the rugs of Khotan are the product of a rich culture and an abundance of decorative influences.
Antique Khotan Rugs were produced in the city of Khotan which is Located in Eastern Turkestan. Khotan produced fine rugs in the 18th and 19th centuries. Catering to a wide variety of tastes antique Khotan rugs straddle Chinese and western Oriental elements in their design. Space fillers are commonly used in Khotan rugs mimicking western Oriental designs while the central composition often borrows Chinese styles. The palette ranges from rich colors to soft pastels. Given their strong geometric and abstract drawing Khotan rugs are well suited for contemporary modern décor.
Antique Khotan Rugs have been coveted by the top interior decorators for the past few years. Almost every interior design magazine that showcases high-end design projects will feature at least one, if not several Khotan Rugs. By the looks of things, Khotan rugs and carpets are here to stay!
Below you will find more history and information that pertains to the rugs from Khotan as well as our collection of these breathtaking works of art.
Antique Khotan rugs hail from East Turkestan, a central hub along the silk route for 1000s of years. Due to its geographical proximity to both Persia and the Eastern Orient, Khotan rugs feature predominantly stylized geometric arrangements of traditional Persian motifs that incorporate Chinese design elements. This forked derivation of design allows Khotan rugs a decorative appeal that can adapt to many different tastes and decors.