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Antique Tibetan Carpet, Circa 1880 Handmade Oriental Rug, Blue, Gold, Tan, Cream

$39,999

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There are very few large, room-sized Tibetan carpets of any real age. This carpet has a four-two-four dragon array on a deep blue field. The dragons appear singly on smaller Tibetan rugs. There are volute edged clouds around and between the dragons and tiny “diamond” gemstones between them instead of flaming pearls. The orange to red main border has a rosette and arabesque pattern derived from 19th (and earlier) century Ningxia carpets. The inner border is in a simple Greek Key pattern and the innermost strip has a pearl-dot design. There are no Buddhist or other symbols besides dragons. The carpet was made in two section which match perfectly. Most two part rugs, be they Turkish Kilims or divan covers, Caucasian vernehs or Baluchi main carpets, do not have congruent panels. The designs slip out of alignment, the colors do not match and the sizes are different. The best Tibetan carpets were reputed to have been made in Gyantse, to the southwest of Lhasa, where there was already an active industry in the 19th century. This carpet is the product of an experienced shop and Gyantse is the best attribution. As to the date, the Sotheby’s catalogue (1.6.2006, lot 155) date is “mid-19th century,” but there is a synthetic dye present in the border and the rug is probably 1875 or so. There are only two other room size Tibetan carpets published: a 10’ x 20’ yellow field, three medallion carpet with a cotton warp, in Denwood, probably 1920s; and a fragment of an 8’ x 16’ all-over pattern carpet in Kuloy’s book, assigned to the pre- 1940 period. The wool warp of our carpet indicates an earlier date. There are restorations, primarily in the border. This Tibetan carpet is a unique and visually arresting period piece in either a collection of Tibetan art or in a modern interior. Measures: 12' x 12'11".

Details

  • Dimensions
    Width: 144 in. (365.76 cm)Length: 155 in. (393.7 cm)
  • Style
    Tibetan (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Wool,Hand-Knotted
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1880
  • Condition
    Rewoven. Wear consistent with age and use. Good pile, some wear areas and some old repairs in the border.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 40001stDibs: LU96411609582

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