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Antique Samarkand Kelleh

Circa 1900
340 × 177 cm 11’1” x 5’9”


Samarkand was once the gateway to China.  As one of the principal cities of the silk route and the main commercial artery of Asia.  It thus became the Western outlet for woven carpets, known to dealers in the trade as East Turkestan. The main weaving centres were Khotan and Yarkand; their carpets were known simply as Samarkands. There is no obvious connection between Samarkand rugs of Khotan and Yarkand, designs varied with Moon Gul motifs, vases and pomegranates used in the main field of the design.

This Samarkand kelleh is in wonderful original condition, with a soft wool pile all over.  Lovely faded natural dyes of pink, pale greens and un-dyed off white wool.  A super pretty piece in great order.  Visit our barn showroom in Surrey, or we can show you this Samarkand rug at home soon.  Contact us in your preferred way for further assistance.


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Samarkand carpets were woven by women from the Uzbek and Kyrgyz tribes (ethnic groups affiliated with present-day Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan) located in the cities of Khotan and Yarkand. The rugs were most popular from the 1600s and into the 1900’s.   Samarkand rugs actually come from present-day Xinjiang, which is located in China.

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