Auspicious Carpets: A Tibetan View of Aesthetics
9: Dorje Dragon
One of the oldest extant Tibetan carpets, perhaps eighteenth century or earlier. The archaic feeling speaks for itself; the dorjes indicate a monastic origin. It is the only piece of its kind seen in the market. The detail (below) shows extensive use of sophisticated knotting despite the rug's simplicity. (Previously published in Myers, 1984).
photographs by George Mann
carpets from the Archives of Bob van Grevenbroek