Tibetan Tiger Rugs: Spotted and Striped

TIL: In 1989, a woman named Mimi Lipton published a book on Tibetan tiger rugs that documents more than 100 of these strange, fascinating depictions of these large cats. As Tibet doesn't have tigers of its own, weavers reinterpreted the animal pelts into these beautiful rugs, most likely as a place for wealthy merchants or nobles to sit and meditate.

The rug on the left is a replica made by hand in Nepal for Ralo Rugs.