Stunning Antique East Turkestan Khotan Rug, Rug Type / Country of Origin: East Turkestan Rugs, Circa Date: 1910 – This magnificent Khotan carpet from the first decade of the 20th century is an excellent example of the characteristics that made Khotan carpets highly collectible. Khotan carpets have a unique style that is the result of a blending of cultural influences and styles. They have an Oriental character that makes them the perfect addition and an Asian room, but they also have Persian influences, too. The result is an East Turkestan carpet that combines formal geometric elements, but that still retains its tribal feel.
Khotan carpets are known for their brilliant color combinations. This carpet combines earthy browns, grays, and ivory with fiery reds, yellows, and oranges. This gives the carpet a warm, earthy feel. The warm colors stand out to create a vibrant piece that will brighten the room, but the earthy tones tend to balance it out. The result is one of breathtaking beauty.
Khotan is an old city that is located at the edge of a desert. It was an oasis along the routes of the ancient Silk Road. As such, traders and merchants from many different cultures stopped along the way before facing the harsh desert stretch. The main influences that can be seen in Khotan carpets are Persian and Chinese influences. The combination of these elements creates a unique design that makes Khotan carpets have a unique style.
In this carpet, you can see variations on the Greek key patterns in the borders. Small cloud bands can also be seen in the borders. These elements give the carpet a uniquely Chinese flavor. The field of the rug features pomegranates, which are often used in Persian carpets as a symbol for abundance and prosperity. The vine work has a more angular character that is more typical in Turkish designs. The stylized leaves that come together to form rondels also has a Chinese character.
The formal geometric arrangement of the pomegranates and the Chinese elements of the design give this rug a formal quality that would make it perfect for a formal room setting. It also has an abstract quality that allows it to transform into a contemporary piece. The colors and Persian influenced field design would also allow it to work well in a Boho chic design, too. This exquisite carpet is the perfect complement to many design styles. How you use it is only limited by the imagination.