4-5 Colours

29- Northern Kilim

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

43- Southern Kilim

Description: This smaller kilim from the Korce region is a home production which displays an unusually muted color palette for Albania. One can see a trellis of stylized green vines with small blue buds. The vine forms voids which feature 27 burgundy and red blossom and 12 half-blossoms with blue and black centers. The beige field holding the vines, buds, and blossoms is surrounded by a bright red border. This kilim would have served as a seating and/or sleeping mat, blanket, or a furniture cover.

Estimated Age: 40 to 60 years

Dimensions: 211 cm X 133 cm

45- Blanket

Description: This eye-catching kilim that reminds one of a rainbow is made of partially felted yarn which indicates it was likely a sleeping mat or a soldiers blanket. Interestingly, the main colors are only three: mid-blue, red, and yellow, the three primary colors. The main feature of this work is the alternating pattern of primary strips of color divided by black bands. This entire kilim features this with a few exceptions on two panels. The four panels, each woven on a horizontal loom, have been crudely but effectively stitched together. No other kilim has been found with this color combination in our research and collecting.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 249 cm X 210 cm

11- Prizren Kilim

Description: This tour de force three-paneled weaving is from the region of Prizren, Kosovo. The most vibrant colors available were used in this beautiful kilim that served as seating on the floor or to cover a divan. The colors extend all the way down to the hand-tied tassels located on each short end. There are 40 bands of intricate patterns which are each separated by a simple yellow-green-orange-white-blue narrow strip. Fine details include 12 large wreaths or table designs, 99 smaller wreaths or tables, 100 rhombuses in various colors and 100 complementary triangles, 846 3-toothed comb or water design bandes. This piece was made by a bride as a gift for her new husband's family on a horizontal loom in three panels which means each panel is slightly different in length, leading to some slight gathering. This piece is rarely seen outside Kosovo.

Estimated Age: 60 years

Dimensions: 381 cm X 156 cm

12- Northen Kilim

Description: This ingenious kilim features a design pun playing with the motif of the double-headed eagle in slightly abstract form with the industries, community-oriented honey bee. The piece features 352 hexagons, each containing a double-headed eagle/bee, with 48 miniature forms along the outside border. A narrow red edge along all four borders is serrated on the longer sides. A thick black band containing a single line of red bees encased in green honeycomb surrounds a red field of black honeycomb with black and white bees. Natural dyes in four colors: red, black, green, white. This has rarely been used and was only brought out on the most special of occasions. The use of green is unusual with this red, white, and black combination. Mint condition.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 320 cm X 222 cm

17- Shaggy Carpet

Description: This rustic 'shaggy carpet' from the mountains in the Korce region was likely made by semi-nomadic Vlachs in the 19th century. This kilim features four five-sided shields which rightly resemble mihrabs found on early Balkan kilims. Balkan kilims were sold to the larger Ottoman market and could be used by both Muslims and Christians. For Muslims, the pentagon was a mosque mihrab, but for Christians it was recognized as a mirror. Most Balkan mihrabs or mirrors, contained other images such as vases, flowers, birds, or ewers which allowed their use by all religious communities. As Orthodox Christians, Vlachs made have interpreted this as a mirror or simply was a pretty pattern that needed to be featured. This piece has four shields, reflecting each other, again reinforcing the idea that these are not made for mosque use. The central bright salmon-pink section features four shields on each corner, each containing a vase or ewer, connected to its opposite with a black vine. Other vegetation is present in black and pink and stylized birds may also be present. A black border contains 18 combs or butterflies and the outer edges are surrounded by a salmon pink, serrated border. This piece was made on a horizontal loom, in two panels, in winter months. No 'shaggy carpet' has been produced since before 1940.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 230 cm X 103 cm

23- Northen Kilim

Description: A very heavy, large kilim from north central Albania made on a vertical loom and intended for a huge room in a prosperous household. This pattern derives from old NW Bulgarian designs from the 18th and early 19th centuries. A central red field containing 64 flowering trees with fruit is surrounded a deep border of indigo with abrash with 80 flowering trees with fruit in two lines. All is enclosed by a red border on which there is a stylized vine. One corner shows a barely noticeable skillful, historic repair with slightly mismatched colors. One side is faded and not shown. The flowering tree with fruit is a design found in kilims from the western parts of the Ottoman Empire in Europe.

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

Dimensions: 387 cm X 304 cm

43- Southern Kilim

Description: This smaller kilim from the Korce region is a home production which displays an unusually muted color palette for Albania. One can see a trellis of stylized green vines with small blue buds. The vine forms voids which feature 27 burgundy and red blossom and 12 half-blossoms with blue and black centers. The beige field holding the vines, buds, and blossoms is surrounded by a bright red border. This kilim would have served as a seating and/or sleeping mat, blanket, or a furniture cover.

Estimated Age: 40 to 60 years

Dimensions: 211 cm X 133 cm

61- Southern Carpet

Description: A simple carpet (sixhade) with typical Gjirokaster flower motif. Made in two panels that are slightly different lengths, a black border encloses six 8-petaled black flowers with white square centers with beige foliage on an Albanian red background. This carpet would have been used for sitting and as a sleeping mat.

Estimated Age: 1980s

Dimensions: 201 cm X 115 cm












65- Flokja Patterned

Description: This piece is either an incomplete carpet with one panel missing or was intentionally constructed this way to serve as a divan cover. As the piece has much wear, it is likely that the third panel was later removed due to damage. In any case, the piece surely served as a sitting and sleeping mat as it is still the size of a twin bed. A sunburst effect is created on a bright pink background by a darker, beetroot red section surrounded by 10 cornflower blue, orange, and yellow forms, perhaps crocuses on three sides.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 187 cm X 90 cm

72- Southern Kilim

Description: This is an interesting, beautiful single panel fragment of a much larger kilim made in northern Albania. A dark background is decorated with 165 flower forms in blue, pink, yellow, and red. Only one end has a border which is attractive and complex. Six colors are used to make pine tree forms in a single band, itself surrounded by six small bands on its inner side and 15 bands on its outer side, all in various contrasting colors. It may be that this fragment was removed from the larger piece intentionally to serve as a divan or bed cover at some point in its life.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 211 cm X 75 cm

84- Red/Black Kilim

Description: This kilim originates from the mountains of northern Albania, probably from the Kukes region. Made in four panels, the kilim features the prominent use of natural black and red dyes. The primary, thick black border has two red bands on the outer edge on the shorter ends. Twelve stylized double-headed eagles are found in this border, with flower motifs separating the eagles on the long sides. The central field has four double-headed eagles and six flowers in mint green. The centers of the flowers are pink and green and there are three of each, alternating. The fringe on the short ends is an attractive red.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 273 cm X 221 cm

88- Shaggy Carpet

Description: This kilim is of the rare 'shaggy carpet' variety made in and around Korce, Albania probably by Vlach semi-nomads. This was clearly intended to cover a divan or to serve as a sleeping mat or floor seating; there is no evidence of stitching to another piece that one would normally expect in this type. A U-shaped border in ink blue with crude serrations on either side contains 10 butterfly forms. The letter A, probably the Greek letter alpha, is also found in the border as a maker's mark. In the red field are two mirrors, each containing a cockerel. These mirrors are connected by stylized vegetations or trees that are flowering and bearing fruit, while hosting birds. No example of this post-1940 has been discovered in our research.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 221 cm X 62 cm

98- Red/Black Kilim

Description: A village production of 3 large panels, this piece features the common theme of double-headed eagles on a red field, surrounded by black and red borders. The red double-headed eagles in the black border is unusual and striking. This piece is not complete with at least one panel missing and the three panels in this composition are misaligned and the lower border is different on each piece. Oddly, the top border on each piece matches. This interesting, quirky kilim shows some bleeding of the black dye into the red field from the eagle forms, as well as abrash from several dye batches. This piece features all natural dyes. We recomment the piece be separated into three panels to be used as a runner or furniture cover for a divan or couch.

Estimated Age: 120 to 140 years

Dimensions: 277 cm X 153 cm

100- Prizren Kilim

Description: This is a high quality, double-paneled weaving from the region of Prizren, Kosovo. This beautiful piece was intended to serve as a sitting and sleeping mat for guests and could serve as a prayer mat. In recent times these have been used to cover furniture. There are 15 alternating bands of diamond-shaped wreaths, with smaller bands adjoining much larger bands. The details are very intricate, using yellow, white, pink, orange, and black lines to create the dazzling designs. A silvery fringe of non-organic fiber has been attached separately. This piece was made by a bride as a gift for her new husband's family on a horizontal loom. This type is never seen outside Kosovo. Suitable for hanging or used as a table covering.

Estimated Age: Late 20th century

Dimensions: 186 cm X 128 cm