This Tibetan tiger rug from Williams-Sonoma Home landed in my in-box yesterday. WSH is nothing if not a minimum of eighteen months behind on trends, and it reminded me of a WSJ.com article from about this time last year and this bananas room that was featured:
Photo by Mark Rozkams.
This is the entry of designer Frank de Biasi's former Miami home. De Biasi spotted his rug on a trip to Nepal in 2000. His antique Tibetan tiger rug is one of only about 200 existing examples. The history of these rugs is not well-known, but it is thought they "were owned solely by the elite, who used them both to sit on and to cover their luggage on long journeys." In more recent times, the rugs were used as meditation mats by holy men.
Reproductions are available online at Tiger Tiger, Holland & Sherry (bespoke), and *sigh* Williams-Sonoma Home.
The Tiger Rugs of Tibet is an invaluable, if out-of-print, resource showcasing 108 of the antique rugs.
The Tiger Rugs of Tibet by Mimi Lipton and Cyril Barrett.