Khotan rugs and carpets were produced in the oasis town of Eastern Turkestan and North of Afghanistan. This area has had a steady production of carpets since the 17th century, peaking in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Khotan rugs and carpets tend to be geometric drawings with color palettes of rich colors to soft pastels.
Local weavers would traditionally employ both horizontal and vertical looms and use wool, a wool and cotton blend, Natural dyes made from onion skins, madder roots and walnut shells were all employed.Khotans, are often called Samarkand rugs, after the name of the Uzbek city on the Silk Road that served as a major commercial hub for the sale and export of textiles.
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