Antique Khotan, East Turkestan, Late 19th Century – This breathtaking, earth-toned Khotan rug is the perfect touch for a nature-inspired or Oriental room design. Khotan is located in the Xinjiang region of what is now considered East Turkestan. This city historically sat at the intersection between China, Persia, Turkey, and the Mongol tribes. It was once a trading center where people from all over the world gathered to exchange goods. As such, many of the designs have a flavor that is a fusion of Chinese, Persian, and Turkish design styles. This piece was created in the late 19th century and fits in perfectly with the chinoiserie style that was popular throughout Europe and America at the time.
Chinoiserie is a style that is an interpretation of Chinese designs. Many times, this look could be achieved by including one or two authentic Chinese elements into otherwise European décor. Chinese rugs were the perfect way to give the room an exotic look. Now, chinoiserie is finding its way into many contemporary styles, too. This rug has a Chinese flavor, but it shows Persian influence, too. This carpet contains Chinse key patterns that give it a formal feel. Its pomegranate motifs stand for abundance and prosperity.
The brown and midnight blues of the background give this carpet an earthy and primitive feel that is perfect for today’s earth-inspired designs. It has a royal feel that is a result of its symmetrical design and rich colors. This would be the perfect piece for Oriental décor, or to create an eclectic of global theme. It has a rich, worldly flavor and a classic design that would be the perfect touch for a traditional or historic room design.
This antique rug would also be the perfect fit in an organic design that features elements of the natural world. Today’s styles are all about combining unique pieces in bold and new ways. Khotan carpets are some of the most revered in the world, and this piece would be the perfect beginning to a design that has an Old World flavor or to add a bit of tradition to a contemporary design.