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. 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.
This kilim has been woven in a Fair Trade Workshop with the “STEP” label by women from rural areas. The best quality wool from old and antique, damaged kilims has been used. When you buy this kilim you are helping women in rural areas to have a dignified future, and you are also contributing to the preservation of the environment by using wool from old kilims.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool (old yarn)
Size: 187×126 cms
Date of weaving: Newly woven using old yarn from vintage and antique kilims