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Antique Sino Tibetan Horse Saddle Blanket Rug

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Antique Sino Tibetan Horse  Saddle Blanket  Rug

Antique 19th century Sino - Tibetan hand woven woolen on a cotton foundation Saddle Blanket Rug in the shape of a butterfly with spread wings weaved with large peonies and bounded with a border woven with birds perching on wavy flowered branches and trimmed on the edges by red wool. Please note that this is an authentic Saddle Blanket Rug woven in two different sections and joined after the completion of the weaving by a plain very flexible heavy woolen fabric intended to be placed on the back of a horse and covered by a saddle, so the blanket for the convenience of the rider and for durability would hang flat on the sides of the horse. The Saddle Blanket Rug is with its original leather trimmed slots for the stirrup belts, and also the back is lined with purple cotton. Many so called saddle blankets are without the flexible center, or the holes for the stirrup belts, or the backing cloth, and are in fact just decorative rugs in the shape of saddle rugs and were never made to be used as real saddle blankets. These types of blankets were exported during the 19th century to China and Mongolia.

REFERENCES: (1) Cavalieri D’Oriente by Taher Sabahi Milano- Palazzo Della Regione 1992. (2) "Chinese and Exotic Rugs" by Murry L. Eiland's.

Due to the fact that the market is flooded by reproductions of Tibetan and Chinese rugs and textiles, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic antique Tibetan Saddle Blanket Rug and not a reproduction, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

DIMENSIONS: Approximately when placed flat: Length: 116 cm (45 5/8 in), Width: 67.5 cm (26. 1/2 in).

CONDITION: The Saddle Blanket in general is in good condition considering its age with some slight age wear, there are no holes or applied patches in the wool except for discoloration and one small patch on the cotton lining. There are two narrow horizontal spots without of the wool pile at the same height at both sides of the blanket which appear to be made in purpose, possibly for other slots which were never finished. This item comes from an old Canadian collection of Oriental Art, including many Chinese robes and related items, which we are in the process of photographing and placing for sale for the first time.

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