Purple Ground Rug

Circa 1850
Gyantse, Tibet
79 cm x 55 cm
2'7" x 1'9"

Tibetan rugs woven with thick squarish knots in brilliant colours are considered among the earliest, and are often referred to in Tibet as Gyantse. Here we see a centralised light blue archaic mandala set against an aubergine purple background punctuated by ivory ‘frog feet’ motifs, embellished at the corners with stylised cloudbands in a lighter tone of indigo. Traces of red cotton bindings are present around the perimeter, suggesting that the piece might have been intended for monastic purposes.

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