TYPE: A tibetan ‘above-saddle’ carpet

CIRCA: 1920’s

Beautiful, extremely soft, three paneled Tibetan Masho – or above-saddle carpet – tightly woven using the tsuktruk method. It is constructed entirely of hand spun wool warp and weft, and has a ‘thickish’ pile which is a lustrous un-dyed and extremely fine mixture of very dark brown and black wool with a strikingly elaborate lighter brown medallion – that appears almost golden against the dark background – floating in the center panel. Given there is very little wear and no signs of the thick padded backing encountered on other tsukdruk type above-saddle carpets (see example – https://warpandweft.club/portfolio-item/mashos-item-2/), it appears to have been rarely used, or possibly only on special occasions, or kept more as an heirloom by a wealthy family. As there are no repairs or damages it is a very attractive piece worthy of attention, with an entrancing presence in near perfect condition.

SIZE:  0.89m x 0.58m

WARP: wool

WEFT: wool


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