TYPE: A thickly padded tsuktruk woven tibetan ‘above-saddle’ carpet

CIRCA: 1900 / possibly pre 1900

A thickly padded four paneled Masho – or above-saddle carpet – woven in the tsuktruk (tuskdruk) style. When I first encountered a very finely woven example of one of these masho carpets without the padded backing I wondered how such a ‘light’ weave could provide any protection for the rider, let alone longevity of wear. It was not until I encountered this example that I understood, as encased between the pile and the heavy backing material is copious amounts of felt like wool, as can be seen in one of the photos above. The naturally dyed pile is actually a deep purple, obtained presumably from aubergine. The warp, weft and pile are all from hand-spun wool. The face has thick pile throughout save for the wear as to be expected through the center from being directly under the rider when over the saddle, and there is some edge-wear, but there are no repairs, and the stain seen on the back does not come through to the pile. Altogether it is an original well used piece that is still in good condition for its age and hence would suit a collector.

SIZE: 0.90m x 0.60m

WARP: wool

WEFT: wool


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