A Remarkable Tribal Design Long and Narrow Size Blue Background Color Antique Khotan Carpet, Country of Origin: East Turkestan, Circa Date: 1920 — For centuries, antique Khotan rugs have stood out for their unique artistry and this is an excellent example that originates from the region around the turn of the 20th century.
Borrowing elements from Western neighbors and the illustrious empires of the Far East, this exemplary antique Khotan carpet is a wonderful example of East Turkestan unique style and varied influences. Minimalist colors and designs with sharp fretwork decorations hearken back to the Far East while stepped lozenges and angular medallion figures have a tribal style reminiscent of Caucasian and Turkoman creations. Stormy blue-gray and ivory are juxtaposed in the chic, artfully reserved field, which features a complex stacked medallion with alternating lozenge figures. Like carpets from the West, small-scale serrated stars, divided lozenges and branching leaflets fill the space surrounding each decorative symbol-filled lozenge.
The Western-influenced field is enclosed by strong borders featuring reciprocating lotus blossoms with serrated petals and fretwork outer borders featuring more basic nomadic type motifs and complex pinyin wan figures that display clear Eastern influences. This tribal Khotan East Turkestan rug is beautifully executed with main borders that contain regularly spaced in geometric elements that further enhance its sense of formality. The area of Khotan is located in an area that was a main stop on the Silk Road. The antique rugs and other forms of artwork from the area often chose to incorporate elements of both Chinese and Persian design.
The primitive approach to the design, combined with the magnificent use of soft earthy colors and extremely rare and unique pattern make this quite the find in the world of area rugs. For people who are shopping for rugs and want somethings that truly special, finding a rug such as this would be quite exciting!