Antique Khotan Oriental Rug, circa 1900 - Many Khotans have designs with one or more medallions; this one has rows of small medallions arranged as an allover design, like Turkoman rugs from further west. Smaller secondary forms between the medallions also recall Turkoman rugs, but the intervening pale blue cloud forms are an extraordinary addition to such a design. These betray the debt of Khotan weavers to Chinese tradition, as does the spectacular cloud border that envelopes the field. Still, what is most impressive is the unusually large size of the carpet, a scale rarely encountered in attained Khotan rugs.
Origin: East Turkestan
Size: 9. ft 05 in x 13 ft 01 in (2.87 m x 3.99 m)