25- Southern Kilim

Description: This exceptional large and important kilim comes to us from the city of Korce. Although there is a fantastic border, it only occurs on three sides. It is possible that this kilim was made for a specific room in a very large and prosperous house that it is complete, with the side without a border being the location of a very long bench called a divan. It is more likely, however, that this is half of an extremely large mosque kilim. This is indicated by the orientation of the mihrabs in that they are all facing one direction. With the outlawing of religion and the dissolution of mosques in the communist period of Albania (1945 to 1991), the piece was likely split in half and our remaining half found new life in the home of probably a senior communist official indicated by the still unusually large size even after half is missing. There are 14 complete wreaths or tables, 4 that are almost complete on the long ends, and 9 half-wreaths. This was made on an extremely large horizontal loom.

Estimated Age: Late 19th century

Dimensions: 423 cm X 296 cm