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Antique Khotan Rugs – The vast majority of the antique rugs which were woven in the East Turkestan city of Khotan have a style that is all their own. These exceptional rugs make the legends of Marco Polo and the Silk Road come alive. Khotan is an oasis and an age-old center for international design. From the ornate borders and grand medallions to the stunning repeating patterns, each carpet from Khotan captures a cosmopolitan style that is different than all the other rugs produced in East Turkestan. The city has an ancient crafting culture that includes both silk and carpet weaving. Rugs from Khotan depict an abundance of cultural and stylistic influences.

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The pomegranate, whether it is depicted as an elegant shrub with symmetric branches or an exquisite seed-filled fruit, is the most important and iconic regional symbol. These local symbols are often paired with faraway accents from Buddhists in the east and Islamic groups in the west. The exquisite rugs of Khotan harmoniously balance contrasting styles while turning them into local icons. Stylistically speaking, the rugs of Khotan are the product of a rich culture and an abundance of decorative influences.

Khotan Rugs were produced in the city of Khotan which is Located in Eastern Turkestan. Khotan produced fine rugs in the 18th and 19th centuries. Catering to a wide variety of tastes Khotan rugs straddle Chinese and western Oriental elements in their design. The palette of colors range from the more soft and decorative to more bold and rich. Many will have stronger and more geometric patterns or drawings. Khotan rugs are versatile and could easily be situated in both modern contemporary or traditional interior decor settings.

Khotan Rugs have been coveted by the top interior decorators for the past few years. Almost every interior design magazine that showcases high-end design projects will feature at least one, if not several Khotan Rugs. By the looks of things, Khotan rugs and carpets are here to stay!

Below you will find more history and information that pertains to the rugs from Khotan as well as our collection of these breathtaking works of art.

Khotan rugs hail from East Turkestan, a central hub along the silk route for 1000’s of years. Due to its geographical proximity to both Persian and China, Khotan rugs feature predominantly stylized geometric arrangements of traditional Persian motifs that incorporate Chinese design elements. This forked derivation of design allows Khotan rugs a decorative appeal that can adapt to many different tastes and decors.

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A space reflects a person’s personality, desires and traditions. Each piece builds off of one another, bouncing ideas back and forth eventually creating a unifying space. Rugs serve a decorative as well as utilitarian purpose. Today’s designs reflect the eclectic nature of our state. One such rug style that epitomizes this hybridization of thought is antique Khotan rugs.

Khotan Rugs by Nazmiyal
Khotan Rugs

An epitome of history, character and culture antique Khotan rugs add richness to a room. Produced in Khotan, an area situated along the silk trade route in the southern region of Xinjiang , these rugs reflect the intermarriage of cultures. Straddling China and Mongolia, these rugs incorporate Chinese and Tibetan designs as well as Persian, Turkish and Turkoman from father west.

These influences add a layer of complexity and entertain the eye as juxtaposing ideologies converge on one piece. The fusion of classical Chinese and Khotan motifs in rug 42572 exemplifies the beauty and one of a kind quality in antique Khotan rugs. A hybridization of styles, antique Khotan rugs set the tone for today’s interior design.

Antique Khotan Rugs by Nazmiyal
Antique Khotan Rugs

Today’s space reflects the importance of color and contrast. Two characteristic designs on antique Khotan rugs are the three large disc medallion with an irregular gul patterned field and the allover gul design. Creating an emotional response with the bold abstracts and stylized motifs antique Khotan rugs play with a mixed palette.

The soft neutral tones in rug 41862 epitomize the cross of Central Asian styles and the highly abstract work that creates an exquisitely dramatic effect. A cross between nomadic and village, eastern and western the designs of antique Khotan rugs are flexible for any decor. Highly sought by collectors these rugs are prized pieces meanwhile providing a luxurious touch to any room.

Antique Khotan Rugs Nazmiyal
Antique Khotan Rugs

Recent market changes have made antique Khotan rugs valued pieces in the collectors’ world. Appreciating in value while remaining a versatile piece, antique Khotan rugs turns the rug from a decorative piece to an investment. This versatility makes these pieces stand apart from the rest.

Unlike other rugs the fusion of styles recreates a new world, one that allows a person to glance at the past and understand the historical value of such pieces. The buyer has the option of making their space into one that few can recreate while adding functionality to high style.

Khotan Rug History

Khotan Rug History – A space reflects a person’s personality, desires and traditions. Each piece builds off of one another, bouncing ideas back and forth eventually creating a unifying space. Rugs serve a decorative as well as utilitarian purpose.

Today’s designs reflect the eclectic nature of our state. One such rug style that epitomizes this hybridization of thought is antique Khotan carpets.

An epitome of history, character and culture antique Khotan rugs add richness to a room. Produced in Khotan, an area situated along the silk trade route in the southern region of Xinjiang , these rugs reflect the intermarriage of cultures. Straddling China and Mongolia, these rugs incorporate Chinese and Tibetan designs as well as Persian, Turkish and Turkoman from father west.

These influences add a layer of complexity and entertain the eye as juxtaposing ideologies converge on one piece. The fusion of classical Chinese and Khotan motifs in rug 42572 exemplifies the beauty and one of a kind quality in antique Khotan carpets. A hybridization of styles, antique Khotan rugs set the tone for today’s interior design.

Picture of Antique Khotan Rugs
Picture of Antique Khotan Rug

Today’s space reflects the importance of color and contrast. Two characteristic designs on antique Khotan rugs are the three large disc medallion with an irregular gul patterned field and the allover gul design. Creating an emotional response with the bold abstracts and stylized motifs antique Khotan rugs play with a mixed palette.

The soft neutral tones in rug 41862 epitomize the cross of Central Asian styles and the highly abstract work that creates an exquisitely dramatic effect. A cross between tribal nomadic and village, eastern and western the designs of antique Khotan rugs are flexible for any decor. Highly sought by collectors these rugs are prized pieces meanwhile providing a luxurious touch to any room.

Recent market changes have made antique oriental rugs and especially, Khotan carpets valued pieces in the collectors world. Appreciating in value while remaining a versatile piece, antique Khotan carpets turns the rug from a decorative piece to an investment.

This versatility makes these pieces stand apart from the rest. Unlike other rugs the fusion of styles recreates a new world, one that allows a person to glance at the past and understand the historical value of such pieces.

Khotan Carpets / East Turkestan Rugs

Antique Khotan rugs come from the area northwest of China in the Xinjiang region that borders India, Pakistan and parts of Russia, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. The most well known antique rugs originating from this region are those from Khotan and Samarkand. Khotan rugs straddle the boundary between Chinese or Tibetan rugs and those of the Middle East. While the main design elements, details, and drawing appear generally Chinese, the composition with central medallions or allover small medallions in rows relates more to Persian, Turkish, and Turkoman rugs from further west. Khotan and Samargand rugs also tend to make more use of smaller elements as space-fillers, like western oriental rugs, rather than using the more open or spare spatial approach of Chinese rugs.

At times even the motives of Khotans are of Persian or Turkoman derivation as well, and they rarely utilize pictorial compositions like rugs in China and Tibet. The palette of antique Khotan carpets is more varied than that of Chinese and Tibetan rugs, ranging from rich colors to soft pastels. Give their strong geometric and abstract drawing, Khotans are well suited to contemporary modern decor. Yarkand is also one of the major producing rugs from East Turkestan and are renowned for their silk rugs.

The region of East Turkestan is located in an unusual fringe area that is sandwiched between contrasting cultures. Its proximity to the Taklamakan Desert and the Tarim Basin made it an unavoidable stop for merchants traveling along the Silk Road. The motifs and varied use of guls, medallions and allover patterns is representative of all the outside influences that weavers in East Turkestan benefited from.

The area’s exquisite pomegranate motifs and fretwork accents paint an exotic picture that has Chinese influences yet is more exotic and unpredictable. The style and growing recognition of antique rugs from East Turkestan have helped them achieve record-setting prices at auction. Stylistically, East Turkestan rugs are perfect for designers and collectors who want to avoid pigeonholes and wish to create truly distinctive interiors.

Most of the antique East Turkestan rugs and carpets that you will find are going to be relatively large oversized rugs. Most will be long and narrow and for the most part, this is due to the fact that they were woven for the Buddhist monks to sit side by side and meditate. You will find some of these antique carpets were made with silk fibers and it is not completely out of the question to find an East Turkestan rug that was crafted with metal-thread.

Antique East Turkestan Rugs by Nazmiyal
Antique East Turkestan Rugs

Just by looking at them, most would think that they are looking at a Chinese rug. The patterns that were used in the antique East Turkestan carpets were very similar to the patterns that were used in Chinese rugs from the same periods. You will be able to identify the East Turkestan carpets by the colors and the fact that they incorporated design elements that were not exclusively Chinese.

Chinese rugs tend to be boldly colored while East Turkestan carpets are more subdued and decorative. The East Turkestan rugs were decorated with many different symbols that were similar to symbols in carpets from other countries. This was mainly due to the fact that the area where these items were crafted was situated along the major silk routs. Traders going east and west would bring to the local markets items from along the entire silk rout. Thus the weavers and carpet designers had been exposed to many different and unique patterns from all over Asia and the Middle East.

Antique East Turkestan Rugs by Nazmiyal
Antique East Turkestan Rugs

In today’s antique rug market, most dealers will lump the East Turkestan rugs together with the antique Khotan rugs. Both Khotan and East Turkestan, are located on the main old silk route and they are not that far apart. Due to their proximity to each other and the fact that the same traders would visit both, many of their designs and textures are remarkably similar.

Today’s interior designers are very familiar with the Khotan rugs because they made more of them. Since they are familiar with that term and since both productions are so closely related, antique rug dealers will just use the terms Khotan and East Turkestan interchangeably.

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