Auspicious Carpets: A Tibetan View of Aesthetics
An excellent example of one of the oldest and most common Tibetan designs. It derives from the tie-dye patterns in Tibetan pu'lo (purug) cloth, long in demand in China. Along with Figure 11 it has often been called a purely Tibetan creation, but in fact has been found in Silk Road textiles. Both were extensively copies in Paot'ou production for the Tibetan market in the nineteenth century.
photographs by George Mann
carpets from the Archives of Bob van Grevenbroek