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CHINESE SAMARKAND ANTIQUE
Style CHINESE SAMARKAND ANTIQUE
Design 49581D
Width 6.02
Length 11.02
Loc N/A
QTY 1
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Samarkand carpets were made in the villages surrounding the towns of Khotan, Kashgar and Samarkand in what is Turkestan today. Located just over the western border of China, one can often discern a strong “Asian” or Chinese influence present in these Central Asian pieces. Most often these carpets appear in corridor formats, usually being twice as long as they are wide. In the field is a rendering of the pomegranate design - the most prominent designs seen in rugs from the Khotan area. A symbol of fertility the pomegranate tree is one that bears fruit and blossoms simultaneously which makes for a handsome display. On a shimmering platinum field we see the weavers have executed two side to side mirror image pomegranate trees. The trees are set with round pale peach fruits and cocoa lush leaves that appoint angular cocoa branches. These plantings emerge at the base from diminutive pale peach bulbous urns. A series of narrow borders containing hooked motifs in repeat are lastly punctuated by a cocoa border exhibiting pale peach and ivory peony blossoms, as well as ivory leaves, on linear ivory meandering vines.

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