This saddle carpet is somewhat of a oddity so to speak. A ‘butterfly’ shaped under-saddle carpet that for all intents and purposes one would assume was Tibetan (from the ‘butterfly’ shape alone). However, while it might have been made in Tibet, it is not made with the Tibetan knot, but the knot used in other areas of China. It is very well made and although aniline dyes are used throughout, the colours are not too harsh and the rendering of the two dragons quite well drawn, making it quite attractive. The outer border contains various auspicious symbols and it has an unusual ‘cloud-like’ design where the two separately woven halves (as in the normal practice) have been joined in the center. It has full pile in very good condition and is well priced.