372 x 185 cm (12’ 2” x 6’ 1”)
East Turkestan, 18th century
Condition: good according to age, scattered low pile, scattered small repairs and reweaves, one large reweave in the center field
Warp: cotton, weft: cotton and wool, pile: wool
This elegant carpet belongs to the classic three medallion group of East Turkestan rugs. Hans Bidder established the theory that the three circles represent lotus thrones of the Buddhist tradition having Buddha depicted in the center accompanied by Bodhisattvas on either side. Therefore, most of these carpets have the center medallion accentuated in some form. In our case the center medallion is larger than the others.
The inner drawing is rather unusual if not unique among the corpus of surviving carpets of that area.
A carpet sold at Christie’s in 2018 Hali 199 page 138 comes closest as another rug with tre-foil border published in Halevim’s Oasis catalogue and Hali 174 page 46.
A system of narrow borders showing off the design repertoire of swastika, t-meander and the combination of both juxtaposing brilliantly the meditative open inner field.
Three medallion rugs from East Turkestan can come from either oasis Khotan or Yarkand. The latter has usually more circular roundels, no additional motifs in the field, more precisely drawn borders including their corner solutions and an all-cotton foundation.
Estimate: € 6000 - 9000