TYPE: Baotou-suiyuan runner panels

CIRCA: later half 1800’s

Three panels from one end of what was once a much longer runner made in the Baotou-Suiyuan region of China. Given the outer border design mimics the much loved  ‘tigma’ tie-dyed design pattern favoured by Tibetans, it would be safe assume this was made for either a monastery of aristocratic personage in Tibet. The center square features a dragon frolicking in clouds, with the yellow squares having archaic styled dragons in each corner, while the red square has bats in each corner. Each square is then surround be a minor border featuring the precious jewel, which itself is enclosed within a border featuring a design sometimes referred to as a ‘flowered diamond’. A mix of aniline and natural dyes (there is speculation that the purple / mauve could even be from mauveine, the earliest synthesized aniline dye), and other than having been shortened, in very good condition. Altogether a very interesting piece. [A similar designed runner, although much longer, and with a similar knot count can be seen published on page 91, in the book Carpets From China, Xinjiang And Tibet by Lennart Larsson Jnr.]

SIZE: 2.00m x 0.74m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT:  33 kpsi

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