A large under-saddle carpet made in the Xinjiang region of western China. The tiger stripes emanate out from a stylised backbone while the main border features dragon scales. Mainly analine dyes and some undyed wool. Examples of this design – or variations thereof – and shape have been found to have been made in several regions of China, but this example’s place of origin can be ascertained by its definitive ‘Xinjiang weave’. [See earlier dated representations published on page 78, plate 6.13, and page 82, plate 6.20 in the book Dragon and Horse by Koos de Jong and also a rectangular rug of the same design as Plate 16 in the book Chinese and Exotic Rugs by Murray Eiland,] A nice solid piece with no damage or repairs.