This circa-1880 vintage silk Samarkand rug features large diamond and circular medallion shapes in hues of red, containing and surrounded by floral and geometric abstractions against a field of electric blue. Corner brackets and elaborately-patterned multicolored borders complete the intriguing look of the late 19th century vintage carpet. The Buddhist symbol of the endless knot - symbolizing long duration - appears throughout the design. The vintage Oriental carpets from Kashgar, Yarkand and Khotan in the Chinese-occupied Autonomous Region of Sikiang are collectively known as Samarkands. Rugs from this region are typically rendered in a glossy wool, occasionally embellished with richly brocaded silk and metal-thread. Unlike Persian rugs with their reds and blues, Samarkand carpets have soft colors with startling additions: magenta with acid green, peachy beige with brown, saffron yellow with lacquer red, bone with brown or slate blue.