Kosovo Kilim

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 tassles 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

21- Prizren kilim

Description: This high quality, double-paneled weaving from the region of Prizren, Kosovo, is notable for its surrounding fringe. Fringes of this nature are unique to area. The most vibrant colors available were used in this beautiful kilim that served as seating on the floor or to cover a divan. There are 31intricate bands which have three principle designs. These are a narrow band of comb designs, a band of six small lozenges, and a band of four large lozenges. The lozenge patterns alternate and are separated by the small comb designs. The pattern starts and stops with the small lozenge bands. The fringe is added separately and is of deep burgundy wool. This piece was made by a bride as a gift for her new husband's family on a horizontal loom. This piece is rarely seen outside Kosovo. Pieces of this type were used for sitting on the floor or to cover a small piece of furniture.

Estimated Age: 50 Years

Dimensions: 205 cm X 123 cm

24- Prizren kilim

Description: A joyous, exuberant 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 as indicated by the fringe on only three sides. 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, 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 rotated at 45 degrees, each bound by white, pink, and/or burgundy enclosures with white and yellow hooks. The grid pattern is defined by white lines, while the patterns are predominately filled with yellow. The fringe was added after completion. This was made on a horizontal loom in a mountain village.

Estimated Age: Mid 20th century

Dimensions: 179 cm X 116 cm

51- 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. Unusually, for this type, the four-sided fringe is in a restrained aubergine color. This piece is consistent with other Prizreni region weavings in that geometric shapes dominate with the square wreath patterns rotated at 45 degrees, each bound by white, yellow, and aubergine. Concentric squares make up the wreath design and contain the following colors: yellow, black, pink, green, sky blue, white, navy blue. There is no border pattern on the long sides, but the short sides have a nice, small trip of multicolored rectangles encased in yellow as the border. The fringe was added after completion. This was made on a horizontal loom in a mountain village.

Estimated Age: Mid 20th century

Dimensions: 186 cm X 121 cm


41- Prizren kilim

Description: This spectacular 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. There are 41 bands of intricate patterns which are each separated by a simple yellow-green-orange-white-blue narrow strip. Fine details include 15 large wreaths or table designs, 132 smaller wreaths or tables, 135 rhombuses in various colors and over 100 complementary triangles, over 1056 12-toothed comb or water design bands. 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: 50-70 years old

Dimensions: 391 cm X 169 cm


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

100- Prizren kilim

Description: This is a high quality, double-panelled 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