Yak Race


Through the lens, we often can see the snowy plateau. Have you ever wondered, how do kids living on the plateau view their lives themselves? We integrated the paintings of kindergarten children into the traditional Tibetan rug design. Only the most experienced weavers can achieve perfectly the vivid images of a child’s imagination. Master craftsmen can replicate the lively hand painting style, making these pocket sketches of life colourful and authentic.

From villages to pastures, from forests to temples, every rug from our “Tibet Through a Child’s Eye” collection is a miniature panorama composed of unique episodes in highland life. The quality and level of detail will surprise you. This one of a kind collection consists of 10 designs. Each of which is woven using finest wool sourced from sheep living in Tibetan plateaus above 4,000 metres of altitude. 

  • 100% Wool
  • Size: 152x167cm
  • Weight: 15kg
  • Handwoven in Lhasa, Tibet
  • Lead time: 12 weeks (we will be in touch all the way)
  • Free shipping worldwide
  • You may have to pay customs duties and taxes if buying from outside of the UK

For more information please contact us at contact@oatsandrice.com

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Handwoven Rug Care

  • Use professional rug clean service
  • See our rug care guide for instructions

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Yaks are indispensable for life on the Tibetan plateaus. Yak hair can be turned into yarn, clothes and ropes. Yak meat and milk are a major protein source. even dried yak manure is used for fuel.

In the past, wild yak herds dominated the region. Many tribes on the prairie used to challenge wild yaks to show their strength and bravery. With time, yaks become the symbol of Tibetan spirits. This majestic animal, with its incredible strength and character resonates deeply with the Tibetan people.

Not long ago, yaks were used mostly for transportation. Nowadays, Tibetans celebrate this tradition with a grand Yak Race. It is held annually as a part of the Sho Dun Festival.

The winner is repeatedly thrown into the air by the audience chanting triumphantly. Even the yak will be dressed up to celebrate its success. The winner usually receives a cow or a horse in addition to tea and new clothes.

Legend has it that in as early as Tang Dynasty, a Tibetan emperor married a Chinese princess. The marriage ceremony which included Yak Race impressed the princess a great deal. Ever since then, the Tibetans host Yak Races every year. A greatly anticipated form of entertainment for the local community.