Balkans Kilim

102- Balkans

Description: Extra large kilim for important occasions or a very large room for receiving guests. Several antique repairs that do not detract from kilim. These can be replaced with professional restoration for an extra charge.

Estimated Age: 100 to 140 years

Dimensions: 403 cm X 292 cm












07- Balkans

Description: An interesting, historical piece, this kilim was made for an important Muslim dignitary in the late Ottoman Empire named Rageb Pasha. His name is inscribed in Cyrillic script on the top, left corner of the main picture which would have been the top right of the kilim. The Cyrillic writing indicates this was possibly made in Bosnia, Montenegro, or the Sandzak region of today's Serbia. Two flower-decorated lozenges rest on a red field, itself decorated with chains of flowers. The lozenges are of slightly different sizes and the majority of the larger lozenge is a slightly darker shade of mint green as the result of the yarn being dyed in a different batch. The central red field of flowers and lozenges is bordered on the long sides with a serrated trim of green.

Estimated Age: Mid 20th century

Dimensions: 333 cm X 252 cm



42- Balkans

Description: This kilim originates from Oltenia, a district of Romania bordering kilim-producing region of Bulgaria. The central red panel displays an unprecendented variety of flowers. In fact, there are 13 types of flowers repeated three times each for a total of 39 flowering plants, with no one flower repeated in the same way. Each flower is depicted with exquisite detail. The field is surrounded with a cream border with a jagged border on the inner and outer edges. 40 Oak leaves and acorns decorate this band and on the long sides, the stems and leaves alternate in direction. A deep navy-blue border follows hosting 50 different florals of flowers and leaves. The whole is surrounded by a deep red serrated edge.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 238 cm X 169 cm




77- Balkans

Description: This piece is either a copy of a kilim from North West Bulgaria, or originates from there, specifically from the area of Chiprovtsi. Kilims patterns from Chiprovtsi were popular throughout the Balkans. The typical, strong red central field is decorated with 147 'devil's knees'. The beautiful black contrasting border features 12 behives or bees on the shorter sides and 13 of them on the longer side. A serrated white band extends the border on each long side. Finally, a thin red border encases the hole, bringing symmetry and balance that matches the central field.

Estimated Age: Mid 20th century

Dimensions: 220 cm X 211 cm







78- Balkans

Description: This is a celebrated pattern, Pileta and style from the Northwest Bulgaria, specifically Chiprotsky, where so many designs originated for most of the Balkans. This kilim is quite complex. The whole is outlined with a thin red border, following by a black, serrated strip long the long sides and a thinner black band on the shorter. A white border, also surrounded on the inner side with a black frame, contains 48 'turtle' designs, separated from each other by the same design found in the center of each turtle. The border is a mirror image of itself on the long sides, but also the short sides, a great achievement. The central red field contains 4 Trees of Life, complete with 49 nesting birds amongs flowering, leafy branches.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 239 cm X 162 cm


110- Balkans

Description: This large kilim contains the tree of life motif which is found in the NW Bulgarian kilim group. This particular kilim was made in the last few decades of the communist period and is in an usused condition. Likely created as a wedding gift to be used only on rare occasions, it is large, spectacular piece that was likely made in Montenegro, Kosovo, or the Sandjak region of Serbia. warp threads are red, while the weft threads appear as burgundy in the border. The short ends have an alternating red and burgundy band while a red, serrated edge is found on the long sides. A thick, brown-burgundy border follows and is covered in 68, multi-colored stylized fruit trees with hanging fruit. A yellow serrated line separates the border from the central red field on the long sides. The central field contains 6 Trees of Life, each featuring 22 alternating green and pink flowers that have white details. Made in four panels, this was likely the product of a rural household and is of very high quality.

Estimated Age: Late 20th century

Dimensions: 324 cm X 240 cm