Large bath retreats are ideal display spots for pictorial rugs like this elegant khotan carpet.
My personal criterion for choosing a bathroom to feature is one that includes a beautiful handmade rug like this unusual pictorial khotan carpet. Bathrooms are one of our primary categories here on Atticmag and in the master bath of designer Kristen Buckingham’s home, this antique Khotan pictorial carpet is unforgettable. A wide open area, unspoiled by furniture, is just right for displaying directional and pictorial carpets which tend to be directional. Since most of the rug escaped the camera lens, we’ll rely on a similar example to illustrate what it looks like.
According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica Khotan carpets are rugs “handwoven in or about the ancient city of Khotan (Hotan) in the southern Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang (Chinese Turkistan). Khotan rugs were once called Samarkand rugs after the Central Asian trading centre. They combine Chinese details with Central Asian design schemes.” This large-scale bird design is similar to many Chinese Art Deco rugs. The images are also stylized in a way that suggests the late 1920s or early 1930s as when the carpet was woven.
The field on this carpet is burnt-orange. Other colors include yellow-gold, Spanish orange, hot pink, gray and chocolate.
There are a total of 17 birds displayed throughout the rug. I may need to pull out my bird guide to name them all.
(Sources: Kristen Buckingham, Cyber Rug)
See Kristen Buckingham’s Hollywood Family Kitchen.
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