TYPE: a Tibetan ‘under-saddle’ carpet with snow lion

CIRCA: 1920’s

A somewhat unusual under-saddle carpet (makden) with a snow lion – the national animal of Tibet – on either side with a border featuring dragons and phoenixes and a mix of aniline and natural dyes. The center extension cloth is a piece of ‘nambu’ textile tie-dyed in the popular puluo design fashion. [A similar example is published on page 142, plate 12.47A, Dragon  and Horse by Koos de Jong: while a similar set – i.e. both the under and above saddle carpets – can be seen on page 78, plate 90, in the book Woven Jewels; Tibetan Rugs from Southern California Collections.]

SIZE: 1.10m x 0.62m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: 66 kpsi

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