Tibetan Saddle Carpet with Scholars' Objects

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$4,880 USD
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Dimensions
W: 49.0" D: 23.0" H: 0.25"
Materials
Wool
Fabric
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
CFC319
Estimated Shipping
$75

This unusually-shaped carpet is known as a "makden" and was originally used by a nomadic traveler as an artful covering for his horse. Placed between the saddle and the horse, the makden cushioned the rigid saddle and kept the horse warm in cold climates. Most under-saddle carpets include two to four holes near the center, through which the girth straps of the saddle were threaded.

Dated to the early 20th century, this saddle carpet follows the conventional 'notched' shape, a rectangular form with stepped corners. The symmetrical design features abstract floral medallions and floral sprays against an orange field. The field is enclosed by a simple meander and a main border patterned with auspicious symbols and scholars' objects, including scrolls, flutes, and offering fruits. Hand-knotted in a palette of orange, red, and blue, the small carpet continues to enrich its surroundings with bright color and rich texture.

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“PAGODA RED was extremely supportive in helping to pull accessory options together for the Lake Forest Showhouse. After providing them with details and our vision on how we were looking to finish our space, Laurene helped curate options that made it easy for us to edit and finalize. It's also no surprise that the unique pieces we used in our showhouse space were some of the first to sell.”

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