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19th C. Antique Tibetan Rug, Monastery Wangden Runner. Unusual repeating borders with three oversized geometric stupas. Wangdens have a warp faced backing, usually with fringe. These rugs are considerably heavier and more comfortable 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. Similar to palate tr41, adherence to strict motifs. expensive

Buddhist Stupas generally represent the enlightened mind of the Buddha. They were constructed since the early days of Buddhism. One of the symbolic meanings is that they represent the five elements: the square base represents earth, the round dome is for water, the cone-shape is fire, the canopy is air and the volume of the stupa is space.