Beautiful Light Green Antique Khotan Rug, Country Of Origin: East Turkestan, Circa Date: Late 19th century – This magnificent rare soft green color Khotan carpet is from the first decade of the 20th century in East Turkestan. Some of the antique Khotan carpets show a heavier influence from the carpets of Persia, while others tend to have a more Oriental / Asian design flavor. This antique Khotan rug shows the oriental influences prominently, but you can see a few symbols that are of Persian influence scattered throughout, too. This carpet is at the cultural intersection of two artistic styles.
Khotan is an ancient city and an oasis on the edge of a vast desert that was once a prominent stop on the Silk Road. Khotan carpets lie at the intersection between several traditional rug weaving areas. These iconic area rugs were influenced by the formal Persian designs, traditional Chinese rug designs, and the various cultural influences of the people who passed through the territory.
Khotan carpets are known for the beautiful colors in the background of the field. This one is green, which is a rare color for the region and in rugs in general. The carpet has an natural world feel with the design in soft and more soft neutral rug colors. The colors blend in a tranquil and harmonious way. This carpet has a feeling of peace and serenity.
The design features Chinese and Turkish geometric design influences in the borders of the carpet, where a variation on the rams horn and other more tribal patterns can be seen. The outer most border has geometric motifs with small cloud triangular patterns, which could be a reference to the heavens. The central field designs also have Chinese influenced geometric motifs. In the field of the carpet, you can also see individual symbols and motifs that are quite tribal.
Aside from their exquisite beauty, part of the appeal of antique carpets from Khotan is that you can see the intersection of two worlds in their designs. They also tend to use color combinations that are easily recognizable as being from the area. This is a beautiful piece that would make the perfect addition to traditional decor or add a touch of Oriental style. This is the perfect accent to a Boho chic or shabby chic design, too.