The small group of Tibetan carpets on display, will be selected by the renowned scholar and dealer Thomas Wild from an exhibition currently taking place at the Schloss Voigsberg Museum in Oelsnitz/Vogtl in Germany, entitled: “གམ་ ཟ་ – DRUMZE – TIBETISCHE TEPPICHE” and will offer an essay of this important event.

DRUMZE – Tibetan Carpets, is the title of an exhibition the Tibetologist Franz Xaver Erhard and Thomas Wild, curated at the Carpet Museum in Schloß Voigtsberg/Oelsnitz in Saxony.

“Drumze” is the Tibetan word for carpet, and the exhibition is the first to show a journey through time in the carpet tradition of Tibet.

The focus is not on the extraordinary, spectacular individual piece but rather on the typical carpet. It highlights those elements that indicate specific carpet types, regional styles or popular trends.

Leads from the early signs of commercial carpet production in the Wangden valley in central Tibet to the first freely  designed, designer carpets, which, with the introduction of artificial colours towards the end of the 19th century and the accompanying expansion of the colour palette, began to replace the classical carpets in the border-medallion scheme as a trend.

The Tibetan carpet is one of the few non-Islamic carpet traditions to endure over the centuries, but it has in no way remained static.

The tradition of Tibetan textile art is deeply connected with Buddhism philosophy and beliefs .

The deepest tenet of all Buddhist teachings in every school and lineage of the Buddhist world is that the suffering in our lives is created by the strong hold of our Ego on us. Every Buddhist tradition has created tools to chip away on the Ego dominance that hides our true nature from ourselves.

One of the most radical tools was developed in Tibet and it is the Chöd meditation, also known as graveyard  meditation. In Tibetan Carpets it is possible to see symbols related to death, that concern this meditation technique.

During the Tea Time Textile Talk dedicated to Tibetan Carpet, Ulrike Montigel will talk about this particular meditation and relate the grim symbolism around death that we find in some Tibetan rugs and textiles to the Chöd practice.