Sleeping Rug with Chinese Dragons
Series TitleSleeping Rug with Ming-style Dragons
Date19th-early 20th century
Dimensions : 36 in. x 6 ft. 2 in. (91.44 cm x 1.9 m)
Credit LineGift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
LabelKnotted pile rugs have been made and used in Tibet for centuries. These rugs provided insulated surfaces for working, relaxing, praying and sleeping in a cold, high-altitude environment. This type of rug is called a khaden and would have been stacked with other rugs on a low platform and used as a couch or bed. The dragon design on this rug derives from Chinese silk textiles of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Dragons were regarded as symbols of power across East Asia and are a common motif in many genres of art.