Antique Khotan Rug, Country of Origin: East Turkestan, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – around 1910 – This classic, beautifully styled antique carpet from Khotan is the paradigm of the city’s exotic Eastern-influenced style. Known as a center of commerce, education and culture, Khotan has a worldly and sophisticated approach to design. This beautifully appointed creation incorporates distinctive ogee medallions surrounded by a lush field of branching pomegranate shrubs, which are one of the area’s most important thematic motifs and symbols. Blushing salmon pinks and taupe accents with contrasting outlines are set over a chic manila ground that has a distinguished visage. The monumental field and clustered botanical sprays are paired with stunning multi-part borders, each featuring an iconic East Turkestan motif. Fretwork inner borders, rosette-spangled main borders and exquisite outer borders dotted with ruyi clouds and cascading sun rays embody the elegant and exotic style of this beloved region.