Tibetan Meditation Carpet with Dorje Medallion

c. 1920
$980 USD
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W: 29.0" D: 27.0" H: 0.25"
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Beautifully knotted of vegetable-dyed wool, carpets by the nomadic peoples of Tibet, Mongolia, and northern China decorated every aspect of life with bright color and rich symbolism. Unlike those of the Chinese weaving tradition, such carpets were primarily intended not as floor coverings, but as places to sit or sleep. Laid across a bed platform, draped over a horse, or marking one’s seat, these carpets brought warmth and beauty to cold northern environments.

This square Tibetan carpet dates to the early 20th century and designates a sacred space for meditation. Known as a khagangma or a temple carpet, the square seat focuses one's thoughts and protects from negative energies. The carpet has a medallion-and-corner design, featuring a central medallion in the form of a dorje, a cruciform object used in Buddhist meditation. The central design is enclosed by a simple meander border, shaded to create an illusion of depth. Rendered in a palette of warm pinks and yellows with indigo blue accents, the small rug enlivens its surroundings with bright color and rich texture.

From the collection of Frances and Gary Comer.

Carpet has significant wear along edges and minor fraying.

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