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