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19th C. Antique Sleeping/Runner Monastery Checkerboard Wangden Tibetan Rug unusual in design and color. Rare to find check pattern wangdens. The color is true to picture, a near purple and bronze check. Simple edge border , may be quite old, perhaps mid century. Wangdens have a warp faced backing. These rugs are considerably heavier and more comfortable, they were to be used in the monastery. The sole purpose of the Wangden was monastic, these were not made for the individual. Rarely did they find their way to the private residence. expensive.