Tibetan Weaving

The history of Tibetan Rug making dates back to some fifteen hundred years but a standard piece from that date is virtually nonexistent these days. Rugs in Tibet historically were practical, everyday objects, woven locally for use in homes and monasteries as saddle covers, sleeping mates, window coverings and other utilitarian purposes where they would over time wear out and be discarded.

What makes Tibetan weaving so interesting is that they developed a style of knotting completely independent of any of the surrounding rug-weaving neighbors, and completely unique.  Rug weaving had been well established in such countries as Persia and China by this time, but it does not appear their techniques influenced the rug weaving in Tibet.  However, rugs created during this time and all the way up to the 19th Century were kept largely in the Tibetan region.

Early Tibetan rugs were often woven in one of three designs:  simple or basic designs, Chinese influenced designs or tiger designs.  Because of the utilitarian purpose of rugs and the limited access to dyes most early Tibetan rugs were extremely simple in design and color.  Any advanced designs in rugs often took on Chinese influence and used such images as dragons and lotus flowers.  One design unique to Tibet, however, is the Tibetan Tiger rug.  These rugs were woven for the Lamas to be used as prayer mats.  In Buddhism, the Tiger is a revered animal and thought to provide protection to one while meditating.  Lama’s would often wrap themselves in tiger pelts or sit on a Tiger Prayer rug.

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Tibetan scroll painting or “Thangka” belong to the rich Tibetan cultural heritage and are an integral part of many public and private collection of Asian Art in the western world. 

The Art of Tibetan Statue

The Art of Tibetan Statue making can be categorized into two major schools: 1) exotic statues (from outside Tibet or influenced by outside Tibet); and 2) local Tibetan statues.

Stone and Rock carving

Tibetan Stone and Rock Carvings: Tibet is in rich repositories of culturally significant stone and rock carvings. When you are traveling in Tibet, you will find stone and rock carvings everywhere.

Tibetan Pottery Wares

Pottery in Tibet has a more than 5000-year history. Neolithic pottery pieces and unbroken pottery wares unearthed at Karub ruins in Qamdo are the earliest pottery ware crafts ever discovered in Tibet. 

Tibetan Jewelry

Tibetan jewelry and ornaments include as rings, bracelets, necklaces, made of red and yellow coral, Tibetan carnelian, yak bones, Tibetan silver, Tibetan copper, turquoise, and other natural materials joined together with yak-hide string.

Tibetan Knife

Tibetan Knife is an indispensable tool for Tibetan people, who use it to cut meat, to defend themselves, and for other purposes. It is also one of the most representative handicrafts made by Tibetan people.

Tibetan Tailoring

Tibetan tailoring possesses a unique skill and experiences. During the old times, Tibetan clothes are made by hand and take many days to complete a set. 

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