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Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. A so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over  ...
Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. A so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over  ...
Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. A so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over  ...
Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. A so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over  ...
Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. A so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over  ...
Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. A so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over  ...
Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. A so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over  ...
Tibetan three medallion rug. Luminous and lush with a delicate subtle, palette - the rug is old. a so-called Wangden type rug with the warp predominant back. The knots were tied over every other warp pair - a result of the thick wefting material being pulled straight through each shed making only every other warp available for knotting. This is likely a very early weaving technique in the region and is diagnostic of this type of Tibetan rug. Related structures are also seen in some other Central Asian nomad weavings - usually in strip woven pieces and some kinds of tent bands with supplemental knotting. This rug reportedly came out of Tibet in the late 80's around the time Tibet opened up to the West. i brought it in the early 90's and have owned it ever since. In all this time i have not really seen another piece in this design and format - or with this particularly lovely and pleasing color palette. There is square mat in this design that was published In Sam Coad's exhibition catalogue 'Wanden/Style" as plate 14 ( see image below). It also has the stepped diamond motif and similar, though not exactly the same coloration. a few other square shaped mats are known in this design, but i know of none with in this rectangular format with three stepped diamond medallions. Sam's #14 has a yellow in it and deeper, less luminous color tones. My piece has a softer more pleasing palette and a kind of "inner glow" to it that makes the piece very appealing in the flesh. It is quite different from Sam's piece in this respect. Interestingly, there are no true whites in this rug except in the spots of the inner border. All other white looking colors are - upon close examination - a very pale, light blue. Even the inner border that appears brown is an indigo over-dyed variegated light brown wool. Pieces of an old pile type Tibetan blanket were attached to the ends of this piece when it came out of Tibet. It has had some damage that was stabilized in different episodes over the years with old cloth on the back, but it looks great on the front. It has very soft and thick Tibetan wool pile. This is a special rug. One of my personal all time favorites. Size: 65 x 34 inches.
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