An antique Tibetan_Khaden_ temple rug hand woven in gold, navy, brown and ivory wool depicting three segments of a serpentine dragon chasing a flaming pearl. The rug has been designed and woven to appear as if the dragon wraps around the sides of the rug with geometric borders. Khaden rugs woven in thick Tibetan highland sheep wool were commonly used for seating and sleeping. This rug is compliment to item 17DCC170-820.
According to the consignor, these were
Buddhist altar temple rugs rescued from a temple in Kathmandu, Nepal prior to the destruction of the temple by the Chinese. The pair were placed at the entrance to the altar facing each other to ward off evil spirits. they were purchased in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- shows some white showing through pile.