Antique Khotan Rugs



2015-06-26 11:16:48

Antique Khotan Rugs are original rugs produced in Khotan, a city located in Eastern Turkestan.

Brief history and description

Khotan rugs typically feature a variety of Chinese and western Oriental elements and designs due to the fact that Khotan has been controlled by many different dynasties and powers throughout its history. (The Huns first controlled Khotan and East Turkestan before the Chinese Buddhists in the year 2000, while the Uygers controlled the power of the region during the 8th century).

Authentic antique Khotan rugs typically feature yellow, brown, red or other earth-tone colours and were often produced using asymmetric Persian carpet knots. Some antique Khotan carpets may also feature one, two and three-medallion motifs, however, other popular motifs include the branching pomegranate, diamond or floral.

Guide for collectors

Khotan rugs which feature Oriental designs as well as blue and green tones are considered to be rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.

Restoration of an antique Khotan rug is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique Khotan rug may decrease its value.

For more information regarding antique Khotan rugs, visit The Nazmiyal Collection website.


Nazmiyal Live Auctions in New York sold an antique silk Khotan rug featuring East Turkestan openwork medallions as well as central patterns from Western Turkestan for $6,000 in April of 2010, and a mid-century Khotan rug from East Turkestan featuring various mountain and tree scenes for $1,400 in May of 2011.

Christie's in London sold an antique shaded rust-red Khotan rug featuring polychrome panels, flowerheads, vines, and key-pattern stripes for £2,990 in April of 1995.

Christie's in London sold an antique blue and cream-coloured Khotan rug (416 cm x 224 cm) for £875 in October of 2007.

Millea Bros Ltd in Madison, New Jersey sold an antique Khotan rug (circa late 19th/early 20th century) featuring an orange field which centers an open medallion with a Chimera/dragon (5'9" x 3'4") for $400 in November of 2009.

Christie's in London sold an antique Khotan rug (335.5 cm x 150 cm.) for £125 in September of 2007.

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