Beautiful Large Tibal Design Gallery Size Antique Khotan Rug, Country of Origin: East Turkestan, Circa Date: Turn of the 20th Century (around 1900) – This spectacular antique Khotan rug has a classic Turkoman design of large and small faceted medallions alternating rhythmically across the field of this antique rug. In place of the customary ground color in reddish tones, this example boasts a ground of pale taupe or sand, recalling the native deserts of the Turkomans themselves. A closer look reveals the outer contour of the large medallions, rendered in a soft taupe that virtually disappears into the sandy ground of this beautiful antique Khotan rug that was woven in East Turkestan.
The once brilliant colors of this antique Khotan rug have mellowed into delicate warmer tans that have many stories to tell. Faded into the neutral colors of the warm desert sands at dusk, this antique East Turkestan rug adds a sense of earthiness and antiquity. The sands of time have transformed its character, allowing the bold to fade into the background and the minor elements to come to the forefront.
This highly decorative rug has an ancient and ancestral feel that connects the present with the past. Only the boldest design elements of the Khotan rug have stood the test of time. This antique earth tone rug has become something new and different that is just as beautiful as the original, if not more so because of the stories of the many feet that have helped transform its splendor. Antique rugs such as this example are so few and far between. The look and feel of area rugs, such as this one, resemble that more trendy modern area rugs made today – this is the mark of a truly timeless piece as it never goes out of style and will always look beautiful.