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Khotan carpet (No.25)

Khotan carpet (No.25)

Khotan carpet (No.25) from "Making Miniature Oriental Rugs & Carpets" by Meik and Ian McNaughton (Guild of Master Craftsman, c1998)

Finished December 2015. Worked on 28-count Monaco canvas with Appleton's crewel wool; finished size 6 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (16cm x 8.75cm), not counting the fringe. I substituted shade 988 for the 693 of the center panel background, and 903 for 766 in the border.

The McNaughtons write of this 20th-century design, "The carpets of East Turkestan, now part of the Chinese province of Sinkiang, show some Chinese influence in their decoration, including the use of muted colours, as in this example. The details of the design, however, show a clear relationship with both the Caucasus and Anatolia in the geometric stars and the decorative Kufic border."