An odd size Tibetan carpet that may have beenused as a dais / bench cover or for seating, or may have been a custom order for some other specific purpose. The design is a variation of what is referred to in Tibet as pema chakdro, or ‘lotus in iron lockets’ (or to the Chinese as “geese flying south”); although here, instead of a lotus flower in the ‘lockets’, this design features the Chinese ‘shou’ character, or longevity symbol, which is a rare departure from the norm, while the outer border mimics the much loved Tibetan tie-dyed tigma pattern. All natural dyes – the only one debatable being the pink, although it is far from the ‘hot’ pinks we see with most aniline dyes – with a beautiful abrashed blue and a supersaturated red. Hand spun wool warp and weft, which along with the biggish ‘loose-structured’ knots and lowish knot count point to a relatively early date of origin. A very attractive piece with a rather rare design variation.