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Mongolian (Uighur) Patterned Felt Sold
Tibet
15th-16th c.
White wool, resist dyed with a red dye
52 inches x 82 inches

Mongolian (Uighur) Patterned Felt

Mongol (Uighur) patterned felt, radiocarbon dated to the 15th-16th century AD. Such resist-patterned felts have long been popular in Tibet. This appears to be the oldest known example of this type of felt rug, which shares some construction features in common with tie-dye rugs used in Japanese tea ceremony. The design of confronting birds is an ancient one, and is unlike the design on any other surviving example of this type of felt.

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