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A Khotan rug, East Turkestan
‘coffered gül pattern’, with ‘cloudhead’ motif, symbolic of light and dark
approximately 190 by 103cm; 6ft. 3in., 3ft. 4in.
circa 1800
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Catalogue Note

For elaboration on the ‘coffered gül pattern’ and discussion of the motifs used, and their symbolism, see Bidder (1979) pp.43-85, 57-64, fig. 8, & plate XII.2, and pp.64-74.

For an interesting example of the octagonal design type in an early silk dais cover with geometric recurring Buddhist swastika character border, Ninghsia, Ming period, circa 1600 (380 by 365cm); Formerly Frank Michaelian Collection, New York, see Franses (1997) p.92, fig. 9. For an example with a comparable field design, incorporating the 'cloudhead' motif, and a multi-coloured Indian influenced Yün Tsai T'ou border type, 18th century, see Herrmann (1988), pp. 242 & 243, no. 115.

Bidder (1979): Bidder, Hans, Carpets from Eastern Turkestan, Washington International Associates, Tübingen, 1979, Chp.III, The Khotan Carpets, pp.43-85, C., 3., ‘The coffered gül pattern’, pp.57-64, fig. 8, & plate XII.2, and C., 4. Old Turkish motifs and borders, Hellenistic, Buddhist and Chinese influences, pp.64-74.

Franses (1997): Franses, Michael, Fengruan rutan: Silk pile covers from Western China’, Fourth Hali Annual, London, 1997, p.92, fig. 9.

Herrmann (1988): Herrmann, Eberhart, Seltene Orientteppiche X, Munich, 1988, pp. 242 & 243, no. 115.

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