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Antique Tibetan monastery runners

Circa 1920
333 × 87 cm 10’11” x 2’10”


Antique Tibetan runners. A Pair of monastery runners woven around 1920.  These runners would have been used as seating spaces for the monks,  each of the small medallions being one seating area.   Each runner therefore being able to seat 6 monks sat opposite each other,  with a space between for access.

Tibetan rugs and antiques cannot be properly introduced without a brief discussion of the Tibetan plateau, the highest plateau in Asia.

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There is a fundamental uniqueness that cannot be duplicated.  That is, the plateau’s isolation is indigenous to a few animals and plants. Because of the high altitudes, usually well over 2500m, it is cold and the air lacks oxygen. Tibet is very unique with the Tibetan sheep and yak can live only at high altitudes.

Designs of Tibetan rugs have largely been influenced by Chinese designs and sometime incorporated traditional folk motifs.  This is a vibrant and exquisite pair of Tibetan runners with a classical Kanden design.  In remarkable condition, with a thick pile and wonderful dyes.

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