brown yak hair rugs are monastic rugs from a very specific area called Lhuntse ShenRare.

A nomad will sheer his sheep and yak then take it to the village to sell.

The way wool has been spun since rug making.

Site Purpose ...

The purpose is to show the greatest number of people my collection of Asian Textiles. I want to either exhibit or sell them to people who are interested. I have a museum quality collection of Tibetan, and Indian textiles. The photos of the textiles I took outside using natural light. I didn't try to cover up any damage, it is as it is. Considering their age, most are in excellent condition. Any damage is easily seen. Please take a look at the Tibetan life photos. I enjoy looking at them myself. I will tell a story of my personal life traveling that may be interesting as you move through the site.

At the individual picture pages of the Tibetan Rug Gallery, Tibetan Textile Gallery and the Tibet Art Gallery, I discuss the meanings of Tibet Art symbolism and all antiques, textiles present.

Plans and Hope for Tibetan Rugs.

Now it is 2010, I thank the many people who have shown great interest in Tibetan Rugs, Indian and Asian Textiles and Tibet Art. I will travel for awhile, collect what I find interesting. While I am traveling, feel free to email me. I will start in Europe (now in Spain brushing up on Spanish),Africa, then I want to go South America.
The value of Tibetan rugs will become much more collectible in the near future. Now, we are witness to the last indigenous culture to be incorporated by western civilization. Tibetan culture unfortunately will pass in our life time, I imagine as the Dalai Lama passes soon will the traditional values that give travelers such glee. It isn't all doom and gloom, Tibet is far too big, history to valuable to be forgotten! Change is inevitable, what we will find is that Tibetan culture will be studied in institutions, kept alive by those who follow Buddhism. For the young and old, Shangri-la will remain Shangri-la, a place of mysticism. I do like how Zhongdian has been renamed Shangri-la. The Chinese government is cashing in. There is nothing better to represent Tibet than the Tibetan Rug.

There are 6 pieces I want to keep for sentimental value. tr21,23,45,61,73,131. 

Why Textiles ...

Textiles are representative to each culture's history. In Asia that I have traveled there are at least 13 different cultures I know of. Unique and rare insight to traditions that now we can consider history. I liken collecting textiles to the notion of treasure hunting expedition in earlier times. I started collecting vintage clothes from the 40's and 50's when I was in university. http://www.mikepeaches.com The same reasoning applies for textiles of the world- there is a uniqueness captured in time that tells the story of that time period. I find it much more interesting hunting for a great textile than about anything else.

Travel pictures are great, a textile I can touch and study the rich history of a particular people. There is a greatness that can not be reproduced- the patina, smell, the soul is lost if not original. I like the human element in the construction, the purpose, and the necessity of which the textiles were used. If we look through history, most textiles were made for an individual person's needs, a special place or event, and often a gift of religious significance. We can learn alot through textiles. Antique textiles once displayed, create an aura immediately.

This treasure hunt takes me to small villages, knocking on doors and being led house to house by someone who makes a small commission if I buy a piece. I have gotten to see how people live, sometimes spending hours, sometimes months negotiating prices. I have made many friends and acquired museum quality pieces. The word "treasure" should be well noted, there are few places on Earth that have not been completely scoured for antiques. If a modern day treasure hunter adds up his time, counts his money spent in the search, adds this amount to the purchase price there is little profit in antiques. The passion of treasure hunting is insurmountable.

My Background...

I started to travel Asia in 1998. In 97, I was in a bad motorcycle accident. I had quit bartending to travel, graduated and paid for uni, paid for my condo and wanted change. I was 28. I was going to a motorcycle rally in Durango Colorado, then the plan was Alaska. In Chicago there are no helmet laws nor Iowa but on the Nebraska border a state trooper had a speeder pulled over so I thought I was lucky. He pulls me over 30 miles later, I dig my helmet out of ruck sack we talk about fly fishing in Alaska for 40 or so minutes before he starts to write the ticket. "I am not going to thank you", I said. His response was "it may save your life." During the early morning a trucker pushed me over a deep reservior. Luckily for me, he pulled over, saw I was ok, stole my saddle bags but called the police at the next town. For whatever ass he may have been he saved my life. I lost my leg. If I died all was for naught, I decided to travel the world backpacking. As soon as I could walk I did. Thinking the money wouldn't last but a year or two I would come back but the money never faltered so I continue. I live far within my means, do without many niceties but then I can afford to buy what I love- textiles. Life is too short.

First Trip briefly...

I should set this up a bit. The first Tibetan Rug I found was a fragment used on the front seat of a truck I hitched on in western China. For all the crimes of the cultural revolution, this land- Tibet was simple, being used as it had for thousands of years. That year, foreigners were no longer forced to use special money called FEC's. No one, and I mean no one spoke English. The older generations still dressed in labor camp, blue Mao uniforms and hats. Mao statues were the center of each city. Seven out of ten of the worlds most polluted cities were Chinese. Buses were infrequent and most people would ride in the back beds of large trucks. It seemed that there were more horse drawn carts in and beyond Western China than personal vehicles. A good place for a traveler to start, to see life. That was then, China does in 10 years what it takes other countries centuries!

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A nice view of the loom made in the home. An apron panel is being woven.

Copyright 2006 by M Petras

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