TYPE: A Tibetan ‘above-saddle’ carpet with tiger design

CIRCA: 1900

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.

SIZE: 0.97m x 0.61m

WARP: wool

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: 26 kpsi

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