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Late 19th C. Antique Tibetan Rug, 5 mat Buddhist Monastery Meditation Runner. The first mat has been repiled at some point in time. Lovely interlocking swastika border. Notice the unusual red seperation between each mat. Simple oversized medallion center.These types of Monastery Runners are often cut. They come in sizes of 1,3,5,9 mats. expensive

The Buddhist Swastika is a good-luck symbol and is conducive to well-being. In the Buddhist tradition, the swastika symbolizes the feet or footprints of the Buddha. With the spread of Buddhism, it has passed into the iconography of China and Japan where it has been used to denote abundance, prosperity and long life. In India, Hindus use the swastika at thresholds, doors, and offerings. In ancient Mesopotamia it was a favourite symbol on coinage, In Scandinavia it was the symbol for the god Thor's hammer. In early Christian art it was called the gammadion cross because it was made of four gammas.