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 squares features a dragon frolicking in clouds, with the yellow squares having archaic or foliate styled dragons in each corner, while the red square appears to have 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 the very early mauveine dye, the earliest synthesized aniline dye), and other than having been shortened sometime long previously from a longer ‘runner’, is in very good condition. There are no repairs (save for either end having been stabalised when shortened) nor any holes. Altogether a very interesting older piece. [A similar designed runner – although much longer – and with a similar knot  count can be found 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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