Antique Khotan Rug 44546
Produced along the Silk Road, antique Khotans like this blend the designs of middle eastern carpets with those of China.
Antique Khotan Rug, Origin: East Turkestan, Circa: 1900 – Though produced along the Silk Road just to the west of China and Tibet, antique Khotans like this reflect the design of Middle Eastern carpets as well. Her the field design of flowers linked by a stylized trellis recalls the ‘mina khani’ pattern of Persian rugs, while the shrub and cloud borders are classic Chinese. The horizontal shrubs and openwork medallions in the field on this antique rug are also Chinese, though beautifully integrated within the ‘mina khani.’ Still, what unifies the overall composition despite its eclectic essence is the masterful use of soft, harmonious color, especially the complementary interaction of gold and black, with ivory and soft reds for accent.