Auspicious Carpets: A Tibetan View of Aesthetics
1: Archaic Lozenge
Archaic "light symbol crosses" and rosettes similar to those in the 400 BC "Pazyryk" carpet. Stylized floral crosses are often found in lozenge (diaper) patterns, but here are "blown up" to include the "light symbol crosses". These are not double dorjes as has often been speculated. The "mottled" multicolor wool effect in the lozenge stripes is specifically a Tibetan technique and can be seen in many new carpets. Typically, a unique rendering of an otherwise common pattern.
photographs by George Mann
carpets from the Archives of Bob van Grevenbroek