Samarkand Rugs

   Samarkand rugs to even the most casual observer suggest Mongolian influence. The central field is covered with the Chinese fret in red on a blue ground or vice versa, reds and blues being the prevailing tones. Round medallions from one to five are set on this background and contain dragon, fish, pheasants, and sometimes flowers. There are usually two borders. These carpets and the Kahgars are first cousins. They have three border stripes as a rule, and terra cottas and pinks are introduced into the colour scheme, but the designs are like the Samarkand.

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