"Khaden", Tibet, 19th C., 2'6" x 4'4"
A colorful, finely woven "khaden" from Tibet, possibly from Lhasa. This rug falls into a small group of rugs from Lhasa, distinguished by a saturated pallette (including lac, seen in the speckling effect within a flower in the border - see second to last detail image).
Lac was imported from neighboring Bhutan and banned in Lhasa in 1842, a move precipitated by the desire to protect indigenous dyestuffs.
The conditiion is relatively good, see detail images for signs of use but given the fact this rug may very well pre-date 1850, it is in remarkably good condition.
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