Khotan rugs were once known as Samarkand rugs, named after the Central Asian trading center. Its popularity was due to the combination of Asian aesthetics along with Western ideas in mind. The kingdom of Khotan had an abundance of natural resources which led to the cultivation of silk. A high abundance of Silk allowed Carpets to be a major product in the city of Khotan. An antique Khotan rug comprises of the following attributes, complex designs, multi-colored stripes in the borders (Chinese influence), use of a central medallion (Tibetan influence), Discs (Buddhist influence), and geometric motifs (Indian Influence). Since the 5th century, rugs from Khotan were so highly regarded that, weaving techniques were being passed down from Khotan to India and eventually Europe.
Here at French Accents, we took two directions. One, we have stayed true to the antique weaving technique and design in our Traditional Khotan. Two, we have taken a step further and modernized the traditional design by simplifying the core patterns, colors, and weave. Our traditional Khotan rugs are weaved in the same exact technique as they were once done, hand sheared, minimal pile height with an addition of wear in the carpet to recreate the traditional texture and look. Both lines are perfect for modern to contemporary settings, a perfect choice for a casual rug. They are hand knotted using 100% wool, available in standard and custom sizes.