378 x 194 cm (12' 5" x 6' 4")
East Turkestan, early 19th century
Condition: good according to age, low pile in places, both upper corners restored, several small professional repairs and reweavings
Warp: wool, weft: wool, pile: wool
On the blue field is laid an octagon and square lattice which Michael Franses identifies as the longevity pattern in Franses/König 'Der Glanz der Himmelssöhne' (Köln, 2005, p. 47). It appears in Ming carpets from the 17th century onwards, and later in East Turkestan carpets. In Chinese examples however the octagons and squares or cloud motives are filled with stars, bats or a peach. The precisely defined field in dark blue and red is encompassed by a system of frames reflecting many border types known in eastern Turkestan. A delightful, small, light-blue leaf and flower line first surrounds the field. This border is a kind of trademark for east Turkestan weavings, even though it appears in earlier Chinese carpets as well. Equally prominent in the area are the three blossoms in the square pattern followed by the rarer cross border with its diagonal colouring. The wonderful, yellow-ground blossom and three leaves system calms the composition and is followed by a mighty double-line swastika meander which we find regularly in the Khotan oasis. The final frame, again concentrating on the wonderful yellow we find in rugs of this oasis, shows intriguingly Chinese coin motives. A closely related example we can study is in the seminal work by Hans Bidder, 'Carpets from East Turkestan', on page 73. This spring a silk carpet with the same field design from the Yarkand oasis sold at Christie's London (27 April, Lot 164).
Estimate: € 20000 - 30000
10 000 €