TYPE: A tiger striped under-saddle carpet

CIRCA: 1930’s

A large tiger striped 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. The colours are good and there are no repairs. 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 distinctive ‘Xinjiang weave’ or knotting style. [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,]

SIZE: 1.43m x 0.93m

WARP: cotton

WEFT: cotton

KNOT COUNT: 64 kpsi