19- Northen Kilim

Description: This is an exceptionally large and heavy kilim discovered in northern Albania, but possibly wove in neighboring areas of the former Ottoman Empire in Europe. From the outside, we have a red, plain border. Next, we discover 200 humanoid figures with raised arms, perhaps in celebration or warding away evil, standing on a beige zigzag line. A medium-sized green border contains zig-zag line of blue, white, and beige parallelograms defined by a red edge, creating a 3D effect. Then follows a narrow blue zigzag line that leads on to a deep black border featuring a red and blue vine or perhaps a line of serpents. The zig-zag line of multi-colored parallelograms repeats, but on a blue background in red, white, green, and black, with pink edges. Now we enter the red field with 206 four-petal flowers in the corners and central medallion. Grapes and tortoises may feature in the center, or perhaps butterflies.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 380 cm X 323 cm