Spectacular Antique Khotan Rug, Rug Type / Country of Origin: East Turkestan Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – This charming Khotan carpet from the turn of the 20th century features brilliant blue and bright pinks. It has a delicate Boho chic appeal and rustic, shabby chic character, too. Khotan carpets are made from durable wool and are known for their long life.
Khotan is an ancient city that lies along a branch of the ancient Silk Road. It is on the edge of a desert in what is now Xinjiang, China. It is an oasis with mulberry groves and a climate that is favorable to producing high-quality wools and fine carpets. The city is seated in an area that was heavily influenced by Persian, Turkish, and Chinese designs. Exposure to these cultural influences allowed it to develop the arts and become a center for the production of fine carpets.
The borders of Khotan carpets often have oriental-influenced geometrics and fret patterns. This carpet also has corners with an oriental design in pink. Vases of flowers are also a common element in Khotan carpets. This carpet also features pomegranates, which are a sign of prosperity and abundance. The hyacinth can also be found throughout, which is a symbol of regeneration. This carpet has the theme of abundance and new beginnings throughout its design.
This East Turkestan carpet has a more tribal quality than many of the carpets from Khotan. The designs are spaced in a way that allows each one to stand out. The design is an allover design that uses a repeating pattern, but the weaver chose to vary the pattern and occasionally break from the patterns to give the piece an individual touch.
This beautiful antique carpet will add color and cheerfulness to the room. The bright colors and delightful design make this the perfect piece for several design styles. Khotan carpets work well in Oriental and Asian-themed rooms. This is a piece that will add character and individuality to the room.