Vintage Samarkand (Khotan) Carpet BB4649

Vintage Samarkand (Khotan) Carpet Description:

An unusual late 19th century Samarkand carpet divided into compartments containing mihrabs and floral elements in a palette of orange, brown, gold, and beige within a series of geometric stripes.

The antique vintage rugs of the oasis towns of East Turkestan are incomparable. These exotic oriental beautiful rugs from Kashgar, Yarkand and Khotan in the Chinese occupied Autonomous Region of Sikiang are collectively known as Samarkands. Samarkand and Khotan antique oriental rugs typically, they are in a long and relatively narrow format with simplistic spacious designs rendered in a glossy wool, occasionally embellished with richly brocaded silk and metal-thread. The distinctive and prevailing colorations of lacquer reds, Chinese yellows, heavily influenced by the neighboring countries of China and Turkey, have been produced in this region since at least the seventeenth century. For thousands of years these lands of arid steppes, deserts and brutal mountain ranges were traversed by caravans of merchants and traders from China to Western Europe along the Silk Route.

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