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Beautiful Late 19th C Antique Tibetan Rug, Horse Saddle particulrly such lovely use of colors in the border as well as medallions and especially the 4 green swastikas on either side of the light blue center then green center to match the swastikas. Very sharp, well balanced rug. Horse Saddle shapes tended to change with time. This shape is common to early 20th C, and began in late 19th C.. This is all wool and that light blue center was used (though not common) mostly in the mid 19th C. mid level

The 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.