A Tibetan Masho or ‘above-saddle’ carpet portraying – in this instance – a benign, almost ‘pussy-cat’ like tiger. The very light brown wool is un-dyed, while the design, that at first looks black, is actually a natural dyed blue / green colour. The wool used for the pile is very fine and handspun, while the big loose knotting is consistent with ‘early’ period Tibetan carpets. (A similar designed / shaped carpet – although made earlier and from the Ningxia region of China – can be seen published on page 78, plate 6.12, in the highly recommended book Dragon and Horse by Koos de Jong.) Wool warp and weft, size 0.97m x 0.61m (38” x 24”) and in excellent condition. For more information on saddle carpets from various regions see “Saddle Carpet Shapes” in the drop down menu under the heading ‘About, etc’ on this site.