The Largest Tibetan Tiger Carpet ever made in Nepal
Table of Contents
- 1 - Historical context and meaning of the Tiger Rug in Tibet
- 2 - Crafting process of the largest tiger carpet
Historical context and meaning of the Tiger Rug in Tibet
History of Tibetan Tiger Carpet
Tiger rugs were known to have been made as gifts for lamas in their monasteries. Tiger rugs have an association with Tantric Meditation. Yogins meditating on tiger pelts is a common motif in Tibetan art. The tiger skin motif is to protect the person during meditation by creating anger that kept away scorpions, snakes, and other insects.
Yogis practicing tantric meditation on tiger pelts In religion, these motifs are related to the tiger skin loin cloths depicted in Tibetan thangkas, paintings of wrathful Tibetan Gods. Female gods wear snow leopard spotted loincloths, a design also noted in old Tibetan rugs. Tigerskin rugs were also used in dances during the Tibetan New Year.
The origins of the tiger rug designs are a bit in the mist like the origins of Tibetan carpet making in general. Mimi Lipton, the editor of the book “The Tiger Rugs of Tibet” says that they were not to be seen outside Tibet until 1979 when the first one was brought to the U.S.A. and bought by the Newark Museum. The theory is that tiger rug designs were reserved for the cloisters and the high nobility.
Tibetan rug or carpet weaving is a traditional craft that has long been used to adorn temple floors, pillars, beams, walls, and even horse saddles. The special method of knotting is considered unique to this tradition and they are typically made from the wool of the Tibetan highland sheep called Changpel.
To know more about the History of the Tibetan Tiger Rug please read our article on the History and origin of Tibetan Carpet Production in Nepal.
Tibetan Tiger Rug Meaning
The tiger is a symbol of strength, military prowess, awareness, kindness, and confidence. . Tigers were indigenous to eastern Tibet, where the Wutun Monastery is located. A more subtle meaning has to do with Tantric Buddhism. Tiger skins were a favored meditational mat for Tantric sages.
In Tantric Buddhism, the tiger skin represents the transmutation of anger into wisdom and insight, also offering protection to the meditator from outside harm or spiritual interference. Tiger icons in Tibetan Buddhism are most prevalent in eastern Tibet, appearing on more furniture and rugs here than anywhere else in Tibet.
Tibetan Tiger Symbol
The tiger is known to symbolize unconditional confidence and disciplined awareness, kindness, and modesty. It is associated with confidence, dominance over the forest, and the air element.
In both Chinese and Tibetan medicine, various parts of the tiger are thought to possess powerful properties. He is the symbol of strength, fearlessness, and military power. The flayed skin is often used as a seat or worn into battle.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the tiger is ridden by many deities, particularly those of a warlike nature. The riding of a tiger symbolizes the fearlessness of the deity.
The Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishnan states
It is not easy to get rid of an illusion. It lingers even after the attainment of knowledge. A man dreamt of a tiger. Then he woke and his dream vanished but his heart continues to palpitate.
Prayer and meditation usage of the rug
The history of Tibetan rug making dates back to some fifteen hundred years but a typical piece from that date is virtually nonexistent lately. The Tiger Rugs were used for praying sleeping and meditation.
Many Tibetans believe that meditating on a tiger rug will protect you from negativity and enhance your meditation practice.
The small size like 60*90 cm and 70*140cm of the same design rug are perfect for prayer or meditation.
Crafting process of the largest tiger carpet
Made in the traditional manner, each design is cut by hand to create a 3-dimensional look that emulates a real tiger skin. The Tibetan Tiger rug is handmade in Nepal by using 100% Tibetan wool with 100 knots per square inch.
The loom is the base structure of the carpet which helps to knot the carpet. Cotton is used for the loom.
Weavers of the hand knotted carpet
These are the beautiful face behind our largest Tibetan Tiger Carpet. It will take 3 months to finish the process for 4 weavers. They are very excited to weave this Large Tibetan Tiger Carpet.
Supriya is the one on the left of the photo. She is 25 years old. She started weaving carpet in 2017. She is married and has one daughter. Her husband works in a private company as a security guard.
Bimala on the right of Supriya in the photo. Bimala started weaving carpet in 2016. She is the one introducing Supriya, Sangita, and Rojina to us. She is one of our best weavers. She is 30 years old and very committed to her work. In the morning, she manages to take care of her household work and her kids and she is working in our Carpet factory in the daytime.
Sanjita is next to Bimala on the left of the photo. She started weaving carpets in 2019. She is also one of our best weavers who is very committed to her work.
Rojina is on the right of the picture. She is 26 years old and has 2 kids. She loves making carpets.
When I weave the carpet with my friends I feel relaxed.
The weaving job is helping her to be busy in the daytime when her husband is in the office and the kids are in school.
Designing the carpet before starting
This is the computer design of the Tibetan tiger carpet.
Traditional color combination of the rug
The color combination of this Large Tibetan Tiger is very beautiful. The body of the tiger is in light orange color with 2 shades of beige and light yellow in the outer body of the Tiger.
The black stripes in the light orange body of the Tiger make the carpet look like real tiger skin with beautiful details.
The Tiger has Blue eyes and a pink face beige nose.
Large graph of the tiger carpet
This is the graph of the Large Tibetan Tiger carpet where our weavers are weaving the face of the Tiger in the loom.