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