Located in the southern region of Xinjiang, the innermost of the trio of Silk Road Cities (with Kashagar and Yarkand), Khotan weaves carpets mostly in the 6’0″ x 12’0″ size.
Later examples use synthetic dyes which have been treated to mellow the colors. Although this later period is not collectible, it is much in demand decoratively. The geometric designs and, and neutral tones, found in many Khotan rugs makes them a versatile option for modern decor.
A few smaller rugs and chair seat pieces (2′ square) are also encountered, as well as the occasional basket design or pictorial piece.
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*research and writing by Peter Saunders & Katrina Mauro.