Sleeping Rug with Scrolling Lotus Design
Dimensions : 36 x 65 in. (91.44 cm x 1.7 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, called a khaden, would have been stacked with other rugs on a low platform and used as a couch or bed. The lotus design on this rug derives from Chinese silk textiles of the Ming dynasty. Lotuses were regarded as symbols of purity and metaphors for the Buddha and are a common motif in Buddhist art across East Asia.