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The Nepalese-Tibetan Carpet

These articles on Tibetan carpets first appeared in The Nepalese-Tibetan Carpet, edited by John Frederick, a special issue for the carpet trade published by Nepal Traveller; a series of issues on Himalayan carpets. will be publishing further articles from this now rare series.

Snowlions Dancing on Clouds Thomas L. Guta

Finding the core of weaving in Tibet is like unravelling a tangled skein. Loosening and loosening the loops and catches; getting down to the very heart of the knot, its nub, and seeing it to be but a single strand. The realization dawns that nothing was ever there. This is the empty ground, the field of the rug upon which fertile imaginations played.

Published: August 21, 2007

The Weavers of Tradition by Thomas L. Guta

Carpet weaving was the original folk art of Tibet. Compendiums of design and stylistic formulae were never compiled; most weavers were illiterate. It encompassed generations of extended families, and an oral tradition. It was truly a folk art, for it was totally anonymous.

Published: July 10, 2007

Auspicious Carpets: A Tibetan View of Aesthetics by Ted Worcester

It's an exciting time for those interested in Tibetan carpets and the wider world of Tibetan design. An incredible wealth of old and antique Tibetan carpets have been uncovered in the past few years. In their stunning numbers, breadth of imagination, and design virtuosity, they may soon well turn conventional carpet wisdom on its head.

Published: May 11, 2007 | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries