TYPE: a slightly over-sized tibetan khaden

CIRCA: 1920’s

A Tibetan khaden, or ‘bed size’ carpet. Six bats – a symbol for happiness because of the Chinese name for bat is fu, which is also the word for happiness – are seen suckling nectar from two central flowers. The wide main border is of the ‘section’ type, with flowers in the individual cartouche’s, and star-like floral(?) emblems anchor the four corners, while the maroon narrow outer border mimics the oft seen red felt border on carpets from Tibet. Mostly all natural dyes, the pink being one in question. The center field maroon is quite saturated and nicely abrashed. The carpet shows a small area of wear in the center field between the central flowers and the bat on the right, but overall is in very good condition. A nice solid piece.

SIZE: 1.47m x 0.91m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: 77 kpsi

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