‘An extraordinary survivor’: A rare carpet from the Mongol Empire


хивс 1Lucinda Willan discusses an exceptional weaving from the ancient Mongol Empire – thought to be the last of its kind – ahead of Christie’s Oriental Rugs and Carpets sale

In the early 13th century, the Mongols invaded North West China for the first time. Within just fifty years, they had established the largest continuous land empire ever to exist — stretching from Hungary to Korea.

The invasion left the Mongols with a legacy of ruthless destruction, and their profound influence on the region’s art and trade is often overlooked. Here, Christie’s specialist Lucinda Willan discusses a weaving made at the heart of their ancient empire, thought to be the sole surviving example of a Mongol Empire carpet…