TYPE: a tibetan under-saddle carpet with central mandala roundel

CIRCA: 1900-1920

A beautiful under-saddle carpet (makden) with mandala-like roundels one either side. The ‘Greek T’ main border encases another border with the so-called ‘rice grain’ pattern, which in turn encases an inner border of pearls. A well woven piece made with all natural blue dyes of varying shades and un-dyed wool, with the abrashed light blue used in the center panel and one of the borders – and sparingly in the roundels – being especially attractive. The weaver and dyer have clearly demonstrated that a striking piece can be made with the minimum of colours. Only two of the saddle girth strap holes have been incised and encased in leather, the other two remain ‘un-cut’. In very good condition.

SIZE: 1.09m x 0.60m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: 63 kpsi