14 October 2004
A KHOTAN RUG
EAST TURKESTAN, CIRCA 1800
The shaded rust-red field with an overall linked vase and pomegranate lattice design, in a polychrome cloudband border with an outer sky-blue angular vine stripe and a plain rust-red outer stripe, good pile throughout, overall excellent condition
8ft.8in. x 4ft.2in. (263cm. x 128cm.)
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Murray L.Eiland: Chinese and Exotic Rugs, New York, 1979, pp.114-115.
More often associated with Yarkand, the design, which many refer to as a symbol of fertility, is slightly unusual in this particular piece as it only features one vase where often there are two, see lot 112.
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