Beautiful and Happy Small Scatter Size Red Square East Turkestan Khotan Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: East Turkestan Rugs, Circa Date: 1900 – The brilliant red color background and floral design of this antique East Turkestan Khotan rug is the perfect accent small scatter size rug for those who admire antiquities of the Ottoman Empire. The city of Khotan was once a bustling cosmopolitan center along the famed Silk Road. It is located at the intersection of several major world cultures and art from this area demonstrates the intersection where East meets West.
This antique East Turkestan rug was produced around 1900 at a time just before the great Ottoman Empire was about to meet its demise and break into the modern states that exist today. The flowers at the center of the square size rug are in a style that reflects Persian influence. The overall design of the small square East Turkestan Khotan rug uses a formal center medallion, corner brackets, and main border layout that is not found in many larger rugs, almost only in a smaller scale example.
The colors of this square antique Khotan rug reflect the warmth of fire with its brilliant red color. It is also earthy, using brown, green, and ivory to cool the palette slightly. The colors of the antique square size small East Turkestan rug are used to contrast the background with the main design, but they do so in a way that makes it stand out and still gives it a peaceful feel.
The geometric design border and knot work in the corners of the field and the main border reflect a distinctive Chinese influence that is consistent with works found in this area of the world. This makes this antique East Turkestan Khotan rug a small, but important part of near Eastern art history. It is small enough to serve as a subtle, but important accent piece in any room.