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Mid 20th C. Tibetan Monastery Nambu Tigma Runner. A fine example of new (40 yrs. old) monastery runner. Consistent for this size: Three or four monks would use this to sit and at night this would be used to sleep on. Still hand loomed wool but on a chemical dyed base and the tigma is stamped. I bought this to show the difference. This had a very well stiched natural sheep wool matted backing, but unfortunately the seller took it off, thinking I didn't want the extra weight- ugh! Whenever possible I like to keep the piece original.

Nambu is the tibetan word for this woven wool style and the tigma for the tie and dye process that creates these crosses. Crosses in Tibetan Buddhism are similar to the swastika. It signifies good luck and well being.