Tibetan saddle rug
Another saddle rug in immaculate condition. This example probably dates to the late 19th century. The cloud/water patterns in the corners of the field are probably inspired from Chinese silk textiles as well as also seen in some rugs. The primary medallion centered in the field of both sides, too, is one thought to be a design appropriated from Chinese textile art. The colors are extraordinarily nice, imparting a very lively feeling to a medallion design that otherwise can be something less that remarkable and all the colors derived from natural dyes. The border depicts a sinuous like running swastika pattern (in dark blue) flanked by a pearl border. The flowers interspersed in the primary border are a feature of late 19th century rugs (at the earliest).