2-3 Colours

01- Flokja Patterned

Description: This is a flokija carpet used as sitting and sleeping mat, or as a blanket or floor covering. It is made from two colors of undyed wood.

Estimated Age: Late 20th century

Dimensions: 215 cm × 185 cm

04- Flokja Patterned

Description: This flokija carpet uses natural dyes and has a blue border on three sides. It may have functioned simultaneously as a sitting and sleeping mat for guests and as a Islamic prayer rug. Carpet pile is housed on a undyed, mid-brown wool background.

Estimated Age: 20th century

Dimensions: 197 cm × 142 cm

3- Flokija Patterned

Description:This flokija carpet was intended to be used as a sitting and sleeping map and/or as a blanket. It also serves as a floor cover. It is made of different shades of undyed wool and has a six-pointed star motif with square centers. Rare and interesting.

Estimated Age: 20th century

Dimensions: 221 cm × 172 cm

05- Shaggy carpet

Description: This kilim is an example of the very rare 'shaggy carpet' style most likely made by Vlach (Aromanian) weavers with the yarn partially felted. It is one panel of a typically three-panel kilim and served as a sleeping mat or as a divan or bench cover. It was dyed with natural dyed. It sports a blue, serrated edge pattern on three sides and is decorated with designs meant to protect against evil.

Estimated Age: Late 19th century or early 20th century

Dimensions: 205 cm × 51 cm





09- Southern Carpet

Description: This is a simple homespun, double-paneled naturally dyed purple and black banded weave for versatile home use. There is some fading through washing. The long edges have been crocheted to add strength and durability.

Estimated Age: Late 19th century or early 20th century

Dimensions: 259 cm × 155 cm

35- Blanket

Description: This is a very thin weaving in four panels made on a horizontal loom in southern Albania. Using traditional, natural black and red dyes, as one often sees in home productions in rural Albania then and now, the piece has three sets of triple lines on the shorts. The middle set of three features thicker outer lines giving the piece more character and making a stronger visible presence, useful in helping identify the piece with more ease. A letter or symbol has been embroidered on one corner and appears to be an 'M' or sigma, again allowing easy identification and helping us determine that this 19th century piece was likely used by local military conscript for the Ottoman army. The Ottoman period in Albania ended in 1912 with independence. While this piece was clearly used as a blanket due to the embroidered symbol, pieces of this nature were used to cover bed frames, as blankets, as sleeping and sitting mats, as well as table and furniture covers or to cover a window in the winter.

Estimated Age: Late 19th century or early 20th century

Dimensions: 213 cm × 185 cm

39- Blanket

Description: This primitive weaving features traditional black and red naturally dyed yearn in four panels, immediately informing us that this was likely a soldier's blanket in the period of the Ottoman Empire (before 1912). The longer edges have received special treatment with an overstitch in order to protect the blanket from fraying at the time of its creation. There is an irregular toothed pattern in black along all edges.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 228 cm × 160 cm

46- Red/Black Kilim

Description: This kilim type is found in northern Albania, Kosovo, and neighboring regions. Using only two natural colors (almost!), great visual effect is achieved through dramatic contrast. The bright red kilim features 8 black, double-headed eagles that also have a humanoid appearance when inverted. A serrated black border surrounding the red, central field, has 8 red double-headed eagles, being the negative of those found in the red field. The short sides feature 8 double-headed axes on each side. Fine use of white yarn indicates voids in the axes and birds, as well as eyes. Interestingly the central black border encasing the center red field, on the short ends, extends to the edges of the kilim. Also on the short ends, are alternating red and black bands of various thickness in an attractive pattern. Finally, the long sides have thick red bands that fill the space created by the inner black border that reaches the end of the kilim.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 297 cm × 172 cm

47- Blanket

Description: This bi-colored partially felted kilim was created for use by an Ottoman soldier conscript. Using natural red and black dyes, a eye-catching but simple design is depicted it. At either end is a pair of thick black bands which have triplets of narrow black bands on either side. The four panels which were created on horizontal looms, are expertly stictched together.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 227 cm × 166 cm

50- Blanket

Description: This five-paneled Ottoman soldier's blanket is primarily made of undyed, unbleached wool on a horizontal loom. It is expertly stitched together and features a beautiful fringe in cream and red with a single, delicate red line of yarn crossing one end. The long edges are bound by a red yarn. Very slight, accidental bleeding of red on the long edges has actually enhanced the beauty of this historic blanket in that the red fringe area and the edges now display a greater balance of color. The fringe and use of red were likely a creative way to make the piece more easily identifiable by the soldier who owned it.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 242 cm × 190 cm

52- Southern Carpet

Description: This is a carpet with pile made on a vertical loom in Gjirokaster. A deceptive pattern comprised of double wreathes around diamond lozenges reveal three humanoid motifs at one end, suggesting a concealed purpose for use a Muslim prayer rug. In addition, it may depict someone walking through a floral archway. It should be noted that carpets and kilims often were used for many purposes. This kilim is of the correct size to have served as a sitting and sleeping mat, prayer carpet, and wall hanging, depending on need. Three colors are featured. A brown border encases a deep red field with images woven in black. The dyes are all natural.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 190 cm × 194 cm

55- Flokja Patterned

Description: This is a flokja carpet from the Gjirokaster region with heavy pile used for sitting and sleeping, as well as a bed or floor cover. A simple design of naturally dyed wood in red and black on which a red frame has been placed on a black background. The reverse has been felted in natural brown wool.

Estimated Age: Mid-20th century

Dimensions: 232 cm × 172 cm

57- Flokja Patterned

Description: This Gjirokaster flokja divan cover or sleeping mat has three colors, using natural dyes. Blue dye was the most expensive, which may be why less of it was used and its centrality in the piece.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 208 cm × 90 cm

60- Flokja Patterned

Description: A flokja carpet from the Gjirokaster region that was used as a sleeping and sleeping mat or as a blanket, perhaps all three. The rich orange background is broken by a deep burgundy frame. The back is felted in various shades of natural, undyed wool.

Estimated Age: Mid-20th century

Dimensions: 179 cm × 161 cm












64- Red/Black Kilim

Description: This kilim type is found in northern Albania, Kosovo, and neighboring regions. Using only two colors obtained through natural dyes, great visual effect is achieved through dramatic contrast. The bright red kilim features 16 black, stylized double-double-headed eagles (32 in total) in a red field. The long sides have a serrated, unadorned black border. The shorter sides of the red field have a black band that spans the width of the entire kilim. On these bands are a total of 8 stylized eagle heads. Alternating bands of red-black-red complete the piece on the short sides. A white fringe completes the piece which was made in four panels on a horizontal loom, indicating that this is a village production, probably in a remote region. Abrash throughout indicates hand dying in different batches, using natural dyes, adding character and authenticity to the piece.

Estimated Age: 80 to 100 years

Dimensions: 299 cm × 203 cm

68- Flokja Patterned

Description: Flokja from the Gjirokaster region made in five panels. Used as a sleeping and/or sitting mat, it could also have served as a blanket in winter months. A vibrant red background supports a blue, serrated border whose inner points are highlighted in cornflower. This carpet is early 20th century and shows signs of use.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 200 cm × 158 cm












71- Red/Black Kilim

Description: This kilim likely served as a blanket and was made on a horizontal loom in two panels. Made of natural black and red dyes, it is made of cotton and wool. This unusual design prominently features three, chain-like strands, each made from two serpentine lines. The chains are separated by four vertical sets of designs composed of a central red/black alternating band, two solid black lines, and then two outer-facing pixelated triangular decorated bands. Each end features a thin white fringe.

Estimated Age: Mid-20th century

Dimensions: 216 cm × 151 cm












75- Blanket

Description: This blanket was woven in three panels in the Gjirokaster region in the early 20th century. The warp is of raw wool, while the weft yarns are a deep indigo blue and a natural red. The central field is blue and the border is red. The long sides have a detailed, saw-toothed bordered between the two colors. The blanket shows signs of wear.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 219 cm × 154 cm












89- Shaggy Carpet

Description: This 'shaggy carpet' kilim-type is from southern Albania in and around the town of Korce. It is composed of partially felted yarn and is made from three separate panels. This has a simple red and dark blue, naturally dyed kilim with a Greek-key border which enclose 6 vertical, flowering vines. Closer examination demonstrates that this is a charming example of domestic production, probably on three different looms simultaneously in three different places as the geometry is off kilter. In fact, no single panel matches the other. The Greek-key border is not consistent, the vines are of different lengths and orientation, and the edge of one kilim does not match any other. This did not stop the creators from stitching them together and enjoying the final product. This is a wonderful, quirky piece.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 176 cm × 156 cm



99- red/Black Kilim

Description: This kilim is of a type that is found in areas of Northern Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro where ethnic Albanians live. From the short ends, there is a complicated border. A thick band of white is followed by two thin black lines followed by a thick black band that is followed by two more thin black lines, all separated by red bands. A large red band follows, covered in 8 motifs in black and white found in NW Bulgarian group kilims since the early 19th century at least that have been interpreted as birds in flight. The red and black band combination already described follows. The long ends have thick red bands that are separated from the central field by a thick black band with a serrated edge. The black bands on the long sides and the central field support 16 double-headed eagles in red and white, depending on location, each with white highlights. The kilim was made on a small loom in four separate panels. The panels are paired, with each pair having the eagles face in different directions, an interesting detail giving the kilim balance.

Estimated Age: Mid-20th century

Dimensions: 290 cm × 170 cm