53- Prizren kilim

Description: An amazing example of a Prizren regional piece. A multifunctional piece, this was made by a bride for her husband's family. It would have served as a seating and/or sleeping mat, a furniture cover, and/or as a Muslim prayer mat. Untied loose threads on the rear side have been deliberately left untrimmed in order to supply padding and insulation when in use for sleeping or sitting. Simple stitching is used to create lozenges or wreaths in the central field. Bright yellow yarn dominates the piece throughout, constrasted sharply and beautiful by green yarn, perhaps celebrating the union of two families through marriage, but also may indicate the cultural importance of yellow-dyed yarns from earlier periods. This piece is consistent with other Prizreni region weavings in that geometric shapes dominate with the square wreath patterns that are rotated at 45 degrees. There are two types of square wreath patterns: yellow and green or yellow and blue. Hook patterns on the wreathers are either red and white or red and yellow. The grid pattern is defined by white lines, while the patterns are predominately filled with yellow. The multicolored, blocked fringe complements the colors used in the kilim's body, and it was added after completion. This was made on a horizontal loom in a mountain village.

Estimated Age: 50-70 years

Dimensions: 166 cm X 115 cm