East Meets West: Khotan Rugs

Khotan rugs embody cosmopolitan style. They are highly sought after by collectors for their timeless beauty and historical significance.

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These incredible carpets originate in the ancient Buddhist community of Khotan (present day Xinjiang, China), a remote town situated at a key pivot point along the Silk Road. Bridging India to the south, Central Asia to the north, and Persia and Europe to the west, Khotan was a hub of commerce for traders, merchants, monks, soldiers, villagers and nomads from hundreds of different cultures. This fusion of eastern and western ideologies is evidenced in the khotan design, an artistic masterpiece that combines Chinese details with Central Asian design schemes, Turkish nomadic borders, and vivid Western colorations.

Here is a look at four characteristic khotan design motifs:

1) A series of medallions called "Ay Gul", meaning "moon rose":

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2) The pomegranate shrub, an iconic regional symbol of fertility in Chinese culture:

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3) A lotus or floral motif, a powerful symbol in Buddhist religion: 4) A diamond motif:

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Khotan rugs make an incredible statement in any design setting, whether modern, traditional or transitional. If you have the opportunity to own one... GO FOR IT! Here is a peek at a gorgeous Khotan to be installed in a client's home soon:

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