Beautifully Rustic and Tribal Long and Narrow Size Sunny Antique Khotan Rug, Country Of Origin: East Turkestan, Circa Date: late nineteenth century – The antique Khotan rugs from East Turkestan are unique in their presentation, utilizing vast expanses of negative space to draw attention to the foreground elements within. These beautiful Oriental rugs hail from the namesake city and showcase classical thematic motifs. An array of matching medallions spreads over the vermilion central field, each defined merely by its outline of a pale wheaten hue. The negative space between these figures forms a series of eight-pointed stars, a subtle but lovely illusion. A series of orange borders encloses the happy red antique Khotan rug, each accented with white and red in bold diagonals and stylized floral shapes. The repeating patterns of each band echo the ordered arrangement of the interior design, balancing this magnificent long and narrow sunny red colored antique Khotan rug in design as well as color.
The field with the tribal design rug consists of a single motif in a regular pattern that balances beautifully with the geometric designs in the outermost border. This artistic and happy antique Khotan rug from East Turkestan has both horizontal and vertical symmetry. That is in spite of the fact that the central field design motifs are not emphasized in a way that makes them stand out.
The border picks up and plays off the colors that are used throughout the rest of the antique rug, giving it a sense of balance, unity and completeness. The blending of the rug colors and uniform design give this antique carpet a feeling of harmony that it would bring to any room. The more geometric approach to the design of borders are reminiscent of Chinese rug as well as Turkish rug designs.
Rustic rugs like this have a very relaxed and inviting feel that tend to work well in a multitude of home decorating approaches – from classic traditional designs to the recent farmhouse trends. The interconnected play of the colors in the field and border enhance its sense of balance.
Just looking at this antique Khotan, it is not difficult to understand why these area rugs are so appreciated and why they are considered to be some of them beautiful rugs in the world. When embarking on a rug buying quest, one would be hard-pressed to find a more interesting and pleasing East Turkestan rug.