Gilgit rugs are based on the famous Dragon and Phoenix rug, which was discovered in a Central Italian church in 1886 by Wilhelm von Bode, director of the Berlin Museum. The rug has been dated to early 15th century Anatolia, though there has subsequently been some dispute on its age. The design depicts a combat scene between two animals, one a dragon and the other a bird, thought to be a phoenix. The pattern of the Dragon and Phoenix rug...more
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