Long ago, I fell in love with Mimi Lipton's book "The Tiger Rugs of Tibet" and tried one of the rugs in my living room, but it just did not work. The rugs are quite powerful and take over a room -- especially when the rug has a tiger face. You can view many examples of Tibetan tiger rugs here. The design diversity is quite broad.
In the end, I bought a rugs that has a tiny abstract snow leopard pattern -- so small, one can easily miss it. This link provides a brief summary on Tibetan rugs and includes mention of snow leopard patterns.
On a recent trip to New York, I ran across this guy and had to bring him home. At the last minute, I decided to get the cushion, too. With its toned-down color (~madder red), quiet design (no face or paws), and scaled-down size, it's easier to incorporate into a room than a full-sized rug of a flayed tiger.
I looked up the Tibetan word for tiger. Some sources said la or la la (this link includes wonderful tiger mythologies) and others say taak, or stag (male) or stagmo (female). By the time I found this latter link, I had set my heart on LaLa, so LaLa he is . . . and, not to be confused with the yellow Teletubby, Laa-Laa, who likes to sing and dance, and often looks out for others. My LaLa is bold, fearless, gentle, and lovable.
|Two-headed tiger made from a silkworm cocoon|