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Ancient Antique Khotan rug

Circa 1830
210 × 114 cm 6’10” x 3’8”


Beautiful early 19th Century antique Khotan rug, wonderfully distressed all over due to its nearly 200 years of use.  But structurally very strong with no tears, rips or holes.  It has never even been repaired anywhere, retaining all of its ancient charm.  We always supply superior underlay for all our rugs and carpets, this would keep this rug strong and flat on the floor.  This would allow this rug to be used as a decorative item on the floor.

Glorious natural dyes of 200 years, with the most faded reds, blues and gold like tones.  Moon guls, vases and floral motifs make up the design.

Khotan rugs and carpets came from the East Turkestan city of Khotan, and are part of the legends of the Silk Road. Designs vary with ornate borders and large elaborate medallions to gorgeous repeating patterns.  The city is famous for producing both silk and wool carpets. The pomegranate in Khotan rugs became a symbol for prosperity, with its branches fashioned into an exquisite geometric folk design. It is not uncommon for some Khotan’s to have metallic threads too.

Purchase this ancient rare antique rug online and we shall deliver it straight to your home.  Please either visit our barn showroom by appointment or request a home visit to see this rug up close.

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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.

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