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Gigantic Yarkand

Gigantic Yarkand

  • Number 691

  • Material Wool

  • Origin Turkmen

  • Style Tree

  • Type Central Asian

  • Size 715 x 250

  • Age 1900


This sprawling carpet was woven at the east end of the fabled Silk Road, in the Yarkand oasis. The Uighur town is situated in East Turkestan, the furthest extremity of the Islamic world, which is today known as the Xinjiang province of China. The design is of ancient Biblical origin and represents a growing and seemingly non-ending pomegranate tree. The fusion of cultures from various points of the Silk Road is also evident in the border which borrows traits from 18/19th century Ningxia and Peking Chinese carpets.

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