TYPE: a ningxia carpet featuring dorje’s / double dorje’s

CIRCA: 1920’s

A symbolically powerful carpet featuring in the center field not only two double (or ‘crossed’) dorje’s (visvavajra), but two double dorje’s with the yin yang symbol at their center! And to add even more ‘power’, an outer main border featuring multiple single dorje’s (vajra’s), anchored at each corner by the timeless ‘endless knot’!! [In Buddhism a vajra (which is a Sanskrit word, or ‘dorje’ in Tibetan) is a sacred ceremonial or ritual ‘weapon’, mainly employed in the Vedic ritual for dispelling evil forces in Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. It is a powerful Buddhist protective symbol of the unbreakable force of the enlightened state that cannot be destroyed but itself destroys all evil. A single dorje, as seen in the outer border, is shaped like a type of double-ended club with ribbed spherical ends – as seen in the illustration above – whereas here the central motif shows two dorje’s crossed or ‘doubled’.] Made with beautiful lustrous wool and a soft yellow tone as the primary colour, the center field is then encapsulated by an inner border of small pearls. Given the design, and colours, this carpet was possibly made as a gift to a lama (to meditate on), but appears to have been seldom used (not unusual, as so many carpets were / are given as offering’s to lama’s that they were / are often simply kept in chests and seldom if ever used). A stunning piece.

SIZE: 1.21m x 0.63m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: cotton

KNOT COUNT: 49kpsi

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