China Pictorial (English)

Gyangze Tibetan Carpet

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Since ancient times, Gyangze has been an important trading center and cultural hub in Tibet. The rich commercial and cultural heritage of the ancient city has helped Tibetan carpet-weaving handicraft stand out. Exquisite and sophistica­ted Gyangze Tibetan carpets were sent as tributes to the court and served as important export commoditie­s during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Thanks to their high practical and artistic value, Tibetan tapestries are well-known abroad alongside Persian silk rugs and Turkish carpets.

Emergence of local cultural phenomena is usually closely related to the geographic­al environmen­t, and Tibetan carpets are no exception. The climate on the Qinghai-tibet Plateau is very cold. Tibetan carpets developed from primitive woolen weaving have remained daily necessitie­s for Tibetan people since the nomadic era due to their effectiven­ess in retaining heat.

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