Oriental Rugs Dictionary


Situated in the extreme west of East Turkestan, Kashgar was the most famous, rich, and cosmopolitan of the three oases. It is well known for its crafts, but produced fewer carpets than Yarkand and Khotan, with no peculiar technical differences to distinguish them from other productions. Carpets are attributed to Kashgar because of their generally finer weave and the presence of many designs of foreign influence. These include the Persian Herati pattern and Chinese floral motifs. Silk carpets with details of metal threads come mainly from Kashgar.

Few late examples are known and most of the production is generally assigned to the end of 18 Century and the first half of 19 Century.