This spectacular semi-antique kilim from the Sarkisla region has an unusual design for kilims from this region. What makes this kilim an exceptional fabric are the color changes in the central field, which give it depth and a wonderful artistic touch. The choice of unusual colors, such as deep pink, rust, light pink and red, can be an indication of the creativity and artistic ability of the weaver. Color changes in the central field not only add visual depth to the piece, but can also communicate a narrative or symbolic meaning, depending on the weaver’s intent. An exceptional and artistic kilim for a special home!

Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool

Size: 380×190 cms

Origin: Sarkisla, Turkey

Date of weaving: 1940s

Kilims or Gilims are flatwoven textiles with a woollen weft on a woollen, goat hair or cotton warp. There are many different techniques and designs. The weaver normally works within a tradition of techniques, motifs and designs specific to a particular area or ethnic group. The designs relate to her natural surroundings, protection, fertility and the harmony of family relationships. Each weaver adds something from her own creativity and sense of composition. Kilims are often woven as part of a marriage dowry and can be used to create many different objects like storage bags, horse-blankets, baby carriers, blankets and wall and floor coverings.

This kilim was hand-woven on a simple loom by a village or nomadic weaver for her own use. Probably the weaver used wool from her own sheep. The wool was first cleaned, then hand-carded, hand-spun and finally dyed by hand, often using natural dye materials like roots, nuts, berries, fruits, flowers and plants. Kilims from the last quarter of the twentieth century mostly use synthetic dyes. This kilim would have taken many months to complete.

All our kilims selected in the country of origin and are professionally washed and restored before we import them directly from Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan. Natural patina and charming imperfections in design and colour (abrash) are highly valued characteristics of hand-woven kilims.

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SKU: K2212031