Rug

Western Chinese (Kashgar)
late 18th or early 19th century


Object Place: Kashgar, Sinkiang, China (Western)

Dimensions

287.0 x 165.1 cm (113 x 65 in.)

Accession Number

37.333

Medium or Technique

Silk warp, silk weft, silk pile, copper and silvered-copper wrapped silk countered soumak

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

About 1800, Chinese traveler Fu Ching observed, “In the Turkic city of Kashgar there live in great luxury many courtesans, highly accomplished in the arts of singing and dancing. There are also respectable people who excel in the weaving of silk carpets embroidered in gold and silver…”

In materials and color, this glitzy rug emulates seventeenth-century Persian Polonaise carpets. Its floral motifs, adapted from the densely packed blossoms of millefleur Indian carpets, are organized into a repeat design known as Herati.

Gold field with all-over “Herati” floral composition. Silver floral and geometric borders.

Provenance

Acquired from Yamanaka & Co., New York, in 1937 in exchange for 53 pieces of pottery and porcelain. See Registration Folder No. 50. James Fund by exchange.

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund