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This type of saddle rug is called a "makden", and it sits between the horse and the rigid Tibetan saddle.  Most under-saddle carpets included two or four holes near the center for the girth straps to go through. Interestingly, this rug has two holes that are finished with leather trimmings, but also another two holes made by breaks in the weaving, but not trimmed. We will never know the story behind the holes and with as with many antique objects,  they make the object that much more interesting. Most likely from the early 20th century, this saddle carpet follows the classic 'notched' shape, a rectangular form with stepped corners. The symmetrical design has abstract floral medallions, floral sprays, and butterflies against a beige  field most likely created with a dye made from walnut shells. The field is enclosed by a inner geometric border and a main border patterned with auspicious objects, including scrolls, flutes, and offering fruits. Hand-knotted with a background palette of jewel like colors, this carpet enriches its surroundings with it's natural hues and textures, and makes you want to go shopping for a horse. 56 x 26 inches (142 x 60 cms)

Tibetan Saddle Rug

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