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Sun, Sep 18, 2022 11:00AM EDT
Lot 6072

Antique Room Size Khotan Rug 13 ft 1 in x 9 ft 5 in (3.99 m x 2.87 m)

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

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$100 $100
$1,000 $250
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$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
Beautiful Rare and Extremely Decorative Antique Room Size Khotan Rug, Country Of Origin: East Turkestan, Circa 1900's.

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Many of the best Khotan rugs have designs with one or more medallions. This specific antique Khotan rug one has rows of small medallions arranged as an allover design, like we see in the Turkoman rugs from further west. Smaller secondary forms between the medallions also recall Turkoman Yomut rugs, but the intervening pale blue forms are an extraordinary addition to such a design. These connect the roots of Khotan rug weavers to the Chinese tradition, as does the spectacular border that envelopes the field. Still, what is most impressive, is the unusually large size of the carpet, a scale rarely encountered in the antique Khotan rugs.

The once brilliant colors of this antique Khotan rug have mellowed into delicate warmer tans that have many stories to tell. Faded into the neutral colors of the warm desert sands at dusk, this antique East Turkestan rug adds a sense of earthiness and antiquity. The sands of time have transformed its character, allowing the bold to fade into the background and the minor elements to come to the forefront.

This highly decorative rug has an ancient and ancestral feel that connects the present with the past. Only the boldest design elements of the Khotan rug have stood the test of time. This antique earth tone rug has become something new and different that is just as beautiful as the original, if not more so because of the stories of the many feet that have helped transform its splendor. Antique rugs such as this example are so few and far between. The look and feel of this piece resemble that more trendy modern area rugs made today – this is the mark of a truly timeless piece as it never goes out of style and will always look beautiful.


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