TYPE: Four small seating carpets or cushion covers

CIRCA: 1930’s / 1940’s

A set of four small ‘squarish’ carpets, used either for seating (khagangma) or as cushion covers (gabney), woven by a Tibetan living in Ladakh (which has a very large Tibetan presence), and sourced there by the previous owner. They are made using both natural (primarily) and aniline dyes and the design features a central ‘mandala’ set in a rich deep-blue (indigo?) field, surrounded by an interlocking yungdrung (lucky swastika) border. They are all backed by blue cloth and the outer red border of each carpet is made of a strip of felt covered by red cloth, a common practice among Tibetans. Village or nomadic made, each one being slightly different in design execution and size. All four are in very good condition.

SIZE: Average 0.46m x 0.46m inc. red cloth

          covered felt border

WARP: cotton

WEFT: cotton

KNOT COUNT: Only one measured @ 63 kpsi