Tibetan carpet, Shigatse
With a unique weaving style, Tibetan carpet has bright, glaring and harmonious colors, which live lively, just as the decorative style of Tibetan architectural paintings. Tibetan carpet is durable, soft and fine. Its strong national feature of designs adds more value of appreciation, which brings it high reputation through out the world. It plays a significant role for the people who live in the highland area where is humid and cold, and always be the necessities for the herdsmen who always live in the pasturing area. Tibetan carpet, with patterns of footcloths, rugs and kang mats, on the basis of Tibetan minority traditional art, merging the essence of religious artists from the Han nationality and other countries like India and Nepal, becomes an elegant artwork with unique Tibetan art style.
Tibetan carpet has a long history of 600 years and it entered the international market under the brand name of "Tibetan Carpet". Human spiritual power, intelligence and diligence, as well as wishes, expectation and fantasy for better life in the future are fully displayed in Tibetan carpet. The designs of Tibetan carpets embody a flavor of the religions, culture, economy and people. The aesthetics of the patterns are pleasing. With the increase of quantity and the improvement of technique, new designs are continuously created. Now there are not only designs of two dragons playing with a pearl, pictures of mountains and waters, dragons and clouds, dragons and phoenix, and other traditional designs, but also landscape designs such as Mount Qomolangma, the Great Wall, Yangtze River Bridge, the Potala Palace and so on. What's more, Tibetan carpets also has designs reflecting culture of the Han nationality such as musical instruments, chesses, books, pictures, as well as some characteristic plants like plums, orchids, chrysanthemums, and bamboos.
Patterns of Tibetan carpets tend to be more traditional, as well as free in styles. "Ka cushion" means mini-cushion in Tibetan language. It's the bedclothes of Tibetan families. It's recorded in history that this soft, fine, and durable carpets with strong national feature had been created 600 years ago. "Ka cushion" is mainly produced in the town Gyantse, one of the famous cities gaining the reputation of "City of Tibetan Carpets". Gyantse has long been praised by its handicraft industry. The newly built carpet factories in Gyantse produce hundreds of types of carpets, rugs, mini-cushions, lama cushions, arras, cushions for leaning on etc. Citizens in Getsang, young and old, are skilled at making carpets. 80% of the population there earns their living by making carpet.
Tibetan Carpets are always a hot seller both home and abroad. A Tibetan Carpet is an ideal purchase as a wonderful reminder of a trip to Tibet.
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