Pillar cover with Ming pattern

Circa 1900
Peking, Northern China
385 cm x 48 cm
12'7" x 1'6"

a very unusual long and narrow pillar rug, decorated by large lotus flowers with tracery in a manner reminiscent of Ming period weavings. I have seen three other examples of this type, all of which fragmentary (one is published in K.T. Darchen, Secrets of Tibetan Weaving,. Hong Kong 2012, p. 92). These were most probably commissioned at the turn of the century for a specific monastery in Tibet.

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