khotan – East Turkestan 16043

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East Turkestan

274 X 129 cm (Approximately 107 X 50.8 inch) ; Knots: 5 x 5 = 25 knots per sq cm from sh.sameyeh Oriental carpet catalogue page No.60

2nd quarter of 20th century

Antique Khotan Rugs – The antique rugs that were woven in the East Turkestan city of Khotan have a style that is all their own. These exceptional rugs make the legends of Marco Polo and the Silk Road come alive. Khotan is an oasis and an age-old center for international design. From the ornate borders and grand medallions to the stunning repeating patterns, each carpet from Khotan captures a cosmopolitan style that is different than all the other rugs produced in East Turkestan. The city has an ancient crafting culture that includes both silk and carpet weaving. Rugs from Khotan depict an abundance of cultural and stylistic influences.

The pomegranate, whether it is depicted as an elegant shrub with symmetric branches or an exquisite seed-filled fruit, is the most important and iconic regional symbol. These local symbols are often paired with faraway accents from Buddhists in the east and Islamic groups in the west. The exquisite rugs of Khotan harmoniously balance contrasting styles while turning them into local icons. Stylistically speaking, the rugs of Khotan are the product of a rich culture and an abundance of decorative influences.

Khotan Rugs were produced in the city of Khotan which is Located in Eastern Turkestan. Khotan produced fine rugs in the 18th and 19th centuries. Catering to a wide variety of tastes Khotan rugs straddle Chinese and western Oriental elements in their design. The palette of colors range from the more soft and decorative to more bold and rich. Many will have stronger and more geometric patterns or drawings. Khotan rugs are versatile and could easily be situated in both modern contemporary or traditional interior decor settings.

Khotan Rugs have been coveted by the top interior decorators for the past few years. Almost every interior design magazine that showcases high-end design projects will feature at least one, if not several Khotan Rugs. By the looks of things, Khotan rugs and carpets are here to stay!

Below you will find more history and information that pertains to the rugs from Khotan as well as our collection of these breathtaking works of art.

Khotan rugs hail from East Turkestan, a central hub along the silk route for 1000’s of years. Due to its geographical proximity to both Persian and China, Khotan rugs feature predominantly stylized geometric arrangements of traditional Persian motifs that incorporate Chinese design elements. This forked derivation of design allows Khotan rugs a decorative appeal that can adapt to many different tastes and decors.

All natural dyes are paramount for the carpet to have more than just decorative value. Beyond that, various dyers had varying levels of skill and invested different lengths of time in dyeing the yarns.  The “quality of color”–its radiance and level of nuance within each color–is centrally important.  Certain rare colors such as Tyrian purple, saffron yellow, cochineal rose and greens add to the carpet’s value

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