TYPE: a kilim-like seating square

CIRCA: 1920’s

A unique pile-less seating square woven in a very interesting and unusual knotting style, being either rural or nomadic work with primarily natural dyes, and un-dyed lustrous wool. The center square features a green double dorje over-stitched onto the bright red field, which may indicate that it was given as a gift to a person of higher status. The narrow red woven outer strip resembles the red covered felt border seen on many Tibetan carpets, and the main outer border is often referred to a simple or single key meander design, while the inner border is meant to depict pearls. All in all a very unique flat-faced woven piece with wool being used for its entire construction, and a knotting technique – that could be construed as likened to embroidery – seldom employed and even less seldom seen in the market place; and in excellent condition as it appears to have been seldom used itself (as was common with many gifts to monastic personages or officials).

SIZE: 0.68m x 0.68m approx.

WARP: wool

WEFT: wool


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