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 vintage 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.
This kilim is from a place called Afyon, which translates to “opium,” where even today this crop is grown for pharmaceutical purposes, and it is said that once the resin is extracted from the plants, the rest is given to the cows, which produce high-fat milk. With this a local cream is made, or Kaymak, by which Afyon is known. The design of this kilim exudes strength and energy. The horizontal bands with beautiful color changes stand out.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 265×92 cms
Origin: Afyon, Turkey
Date of weaving: 1960s