Antique Khotan Oriental Rug, late nineteenth century - This lovely antique Khotan rug is remarkable for its clever restraint. With its empty field, attention focuses in the arabesque cartouche borders derived from classical Persian carpets to the west. But the wonderful palette of warm terracottas complemented by soft blues and greens in luxurious velvety pile is the true glory of the rug. The small checkerboard elements set within the sinuous curves of the border add a novel and unexpected effect.
Origin: East Turkestan
Size: 12 ft 10 in x 16 ft 04 in (3.91 m x 4.98 m)