Khotan carpets are known for their distinct blend of Chinese, Indian, and Central Asian elements. This charming Khotan draws a column of three medallions with classic East Turkestan pomegranate and rosette ornament. Corner pieces recall fret work from Chinese carpets, while the madder red ground and several shades of indigo hearken back to Central Asian roots. A curious feature of this piece is a thin, almost architectural arch composed of small circular devices surrounding the top and sides of the central medallion. This feature may be related to a ‘mihrab,’ or niche design, associated with prayer rugs.