Gorgeous Antique East Turkestan Khotan Carpet, Rug Type / Country of Origin: East Turkestan Rugs, Circa Date: 1910 – Khotan is an ancient city and an oasis on the edge of a vast desert that was once a prominent stop on the Silk Road. Khotan carpets lie at the intersection between several traditional carpet weaving areas. They were influenced by the formal Persian designs, traditional Chinese designs, and the various cultural influences of the people who passed through the territory.
This magnificent Khotan carpet is from the first decade of the 20th century in East Turkestan. Some Khotan carpets show a heavier influence from the carpets of Persia, while others tend to have a more Oriental flavor. This carpet shows the oriental influences prominently, but you can see a few symbols that are of Persian influence scattered throughout, too. This carpet is at the cultural intersection of two artistic styles.
Khotan carpets are known for the beautiful colors in the background of the field. This one is yellow, which is a common color for the region. The carpet has an earthy feel with the design in chocolate brown, rose, and ivory. The colors blend in a tranquil and harmonious way. This carpet has a feeling of peace and serenity.
The design has Chinese geometric designs in the borders of the carpet, where a variation on the running dog pattern can be seen. The outer border has geometric motifs with small cloud bands, which are a reference to the heavens. The central medallion and corners also have a Chinese geometric motif. In the field of the carpet, you can see individual symbols and motifs that are in Persian style.
Aside from their exquisite beauty, part of the appeal of Khotan antique carpets is that you can see the intersection of two worlds in their designs. They use color combinations that are easily recognizable as being from the area. This is a beautiful piece that would make the perfect addition to traditional décor or add a touch of Oriental style. This is the perfect accent to a Boho chic or shabby chic design, too.