TYPE: a tibetan seating square

CIRCA: 1900

An unusual Tibetan seating square, possibly used in a monastic environment for a monk to sit on. The center mandala-like design features four enclosures that incorporate both the swastika and sauwastika design. and even though the pile in the center has worn down from use, it still remains a very thick carpet, reminiscent in a way of the ‘Wangden style’. There are approx 8 or 9 rows of reweave in the lower center red area only, that is the reweave does not extend into the corner frets, and was obviously done a very very long time ago, as the pile has worn down to the same level as the rest of the red field. There are no other repairs or reweaves elsewhere in the carpet though, and it has not been shortened from a longer runner, but made ‘as is’. All natural dyes with a beautifully coloured intact woolen fringe. A very unusual, almost one-off type piece.

SIZE: Approx 0.63m x 0.63m inc. fringe

WARP: wool

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: 18 kpsi