Antique Khotan Samarkand Rug Circa 1920 – 426 x 210cm

Dimensions50395562 × 50394361 cm
Rug no


Size in cm

426 x 210

Size in feet

13.9 x 6.8


100% Wool pile based on cotton foundation

Condition & Age

Perfect, full pile


Hand woven in Iran

Number of Knots

Approx 260,000 Knots in 1sq meter


Circa 1920

About the piece

A very well preserved with good pile Khotan rug which has been in a Swiss collection for over 50 years. The borders may have Chinese wave and fret patterns or flowering vines, multiple prayer rugs for the use of a group, have been woven in wool and in silk. Khotan rugs, also known as Samarkand in the past, originating in the ancient city of Khotan (Hotan) in the southern districts of Xinjiang or East Turkistan. These beautifully hand-woven rugs combine the illustrative Central Asian designs with western oriental designs colourings. The techniques used in producing such decorative rugs have been influenced to some degrees by the earlier Persian rugs. However, the designs usually consist of lattice designs and bearing clusters of rosettes. Khotan designs have been used to produce woollen rugs with triple medallion colour schemes in blue on red with pomegranate vines illustrating the symbols of fertility in the eastern cultures and Buddhism. Chinese fret patterns influence the borders of the Khotan rugs and flowering vines
Origin: East Turkestan
Size: 426 x 210
Date: Circa 1920
Condition: Perfect

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