Antique Silk Dragon Khotan Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: East Turkestan, Circa date: Turn of the 20th Century – Here is an intriguing and unique antique Oriental rug – an antique silk dragon rug that was woven in East Turkestan around the turn of the twentieth century. In addition to showing its age so beautifully, this captivating Khotan carpet boasts a remarkable dragon design. While originating in East Turkestan and being woven in the Khotan tradition, this antique carpet is in fact a beautiful example of the sort of traditional Chinese imagery that is often to be found in rugs that originate from China. A pair of borders run along the perimeter of the carpet: The outer border features stylized cloud hands, while the inner border features an intriguing floral and vine scroll detail. The field, however, is certainly the focal point of the carpet. Here, set against a fiery red background, stands an impressive five-clawed imperial dragon – the most desirable of all Chinese dragons. Characterized by a comely abrash, this antique rug is a unique and compelling example.