Multi Colours

29- Northern Kilim

Description: This kilim is inspired by 19th century kilims from today's Serbia and Bulgaria. The red central area contains 104 'bombs' which are separated by 84 'devil's knees'. The entire field is bordered by 84 fragments of 'devil's knees'. A 'queen's sleeve' border encases the red field, and is itself surrounded by a a white border with 38 'tortoise' shapes. The tortoises on the long sides of the border alternative with Christian, probably Catholic, crosses, indicating a northern Albanian origin as well as a pre-communist date for this piece. The narrow black band that surrounds the whole is serrated on the long edges.

Estimated Age: First half of 20th century

Dimensions: 290 cm X 203 cm

32- Northern Kilim

Description: This very large kilim, featuring two axes of symmetry, comes from the village of Shishtavec in the Kukes region. The extraordinary and unique symbols were meant to invoke good fortune and miracles on the family according to the family that produced the kilim around the year 1920. The deep red background allows the use of vibrant, festive colors to celebrate life, good fortune, fertility, and even today, immediately has a positive psychological effect. One can imagine with ease this kilim being brought out for special occasions with great pride. It was made on a verticle loom and represents an ideal garden, possibly paradise. The central flower is likely a passion flower placed on a smal blue lozenge that is imposed on a sunburst or sunflower in orange-yellow..

Estimated Age: 1920

Dimensions: 300 cm X 206 cm

30- Kukes Carpet

Description: This is a piled carpet from the very mountainous region of northeastern Albania in the area of Has. Called a sixhade (sijada), this item was woven to serve as a comfortable sitting mat, or a prayer carpet, for a guest. Made on a horizontal loom in two pieces, it may have also been created as a gift by a bride for her husband's family. The use of bright, festive colors is typical of the region. The overwhelming effect of the exubirant colors belies the overall complexity and precision of the design which is more clearly revealed on its reverse. There are 56 square shapes outlined in white which are meant to represent wreaths or tables. Green-outlined bands separate the strips of wreaths, and then move to an alternating white and black belt of cubes leading to a yellow and green cube belt, which further lead to a repeat of the white and black cubes and the green border again. This triumph of color and design is an extremely special piece.

Estimated Age: 80 years

Dimensions: 120 cm X 102 cm

06- Northen Kilims

Description: This festive kilim that was used for special events such as weddings. The bright colors and flowers were intended to bring happiness and harmony to the family. The condition indicates rare use, probably just a few times over a 100-year period. The design was originally from NW Bulgaria, but was popular in Bosnia in the second half of the 19th century. The centra red field has abrash (different shades of red due to different dye batches). It has large blue and green flowers, with smaller green and white flowers on the field of red, with many smaller emblems throughout. The border consists of multi-colored abstract flower designs with a central almond detail in the center, all on a black background. The long sides have a nice, simple red saw-toothed edging in perfect condition. Likely a combination of natural and synthetic dyes were used for the color.

Estimated Age: Late 19th century or early 20th century

Dimensions: 318 cm X 189 cm

07- Balkan Kilim

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. The field and two green trim pieces lead to a border of 84 combs; each comb has a fetter design within. 27 florals of roses in two colors, complete with veined foliage, surround the whole on a black border. The long edges then display a complicated, toothed red line. The top of the kilim has a small white fringe, while the bottom has nice, thick corded tassels in white.

Estimated Age: Mid 20th century

Dimensions: 333 cm X 252 cm

08- Northen Kilim

Description: This kilim copies a pattern found in the NW Bulgarian group of kilims with this pattern coming from the 19th century. It may have been made in communist era factory in Kruje. It is a dramatic kilim featuring iconic Bulgarian-derived motifs in vivid juxtaposition. Three fields of red containing three wreath patterns each are surrounded by a black band with 7 devil's knees patterns on each long side. The three panels are separated by lines of spectacle patterns. The overall cream border contains 34 turtle patterns. A variant of the saw-toothed pattern in black encases the long edges.

Estimated Age: Mid 20th century

Dimensions: 138 cm X 195 cm

10- Northen Kilim

Description: This is a spectacular kilim depicting a basket of roses on a carmine red field thrown into high contrast by dark, floral corners surrounded by a restrained baby blue border of floral garlands. A subtle Christian motif can be discerned in the red and black crosses that feature in the arcades of the border garlands. The warp, or threads that go the length of the kilim, are pink, red, and white, giving continuity to the field beyond the border; this is a remarkable feature. This type of kilim was made by or for Christian families and used as a wall-hanging or floor kilim for weddings and similar events on very rare occasions. The symbolism has strong connotations for prosper0ty, fertility, and happiness for the owners. It's fine quality and orientation make this perfectly suitable for hanging. Natural dyes.

Estimated Age: Late 19th century or early 20th century

Dimensions: 207 cm X 150 cm

13- Northen Kilim

Description: This is a kilim from northern Albania that may have been inspired by Bosnia kilim patterns from the 19th century in the late Ottoman Empire. The usual floral motifs are present, but unusually horse motifs are incorporated into the design; animal motifs are far rarer than floral ones. A saw-toothed edge is found along the long sides. A pale blue border features 36 red and burgundy roses each with three leaves, enclosing a narrower black border on which there are 103 leafy fronds in red, turqouise, green, plum, and white. The central zone of the kilim is extremely complex and represents a garden surrounded by water and features three islands each in a pond. There are 12 right triangles, half in burgundy and half in green, each with a water-wave edge on the hypotenuse and containing a horse, and two lozenges, small and large, in three colors each, probably representing tables of plenty and prosperity.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 346 cm X 243 cm

16- Northen Kilim

Description: This is a very large kilim featuring a narrow red, serrated edge on all four sides surrounding a deep black border with 30 corsages of flowers which adjoins another border in cream with 56 small floral designs. The central field of crimson has a large, beautiful bouquet of roses in the center. The four corners of the field are filled will flowers on a navy-blue background and a delicate mint-green, hooked edge. A wonderful feature of this kilim are two sets of initials in the central flowers. One set is in Cyrillic script, indicating Montenegrin influence, while the other is 'JK', reflecting a Latin or Catholic influence, hinting at either an Orthodox and Catholic marriage, or more likely a marriage between two ethnic Albanians, one from Montenegro where Cyrillic script was used, and the other from Albania, where a Latin-based script was used. In any case, the initials make this a unique cultural treasure.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 321 cm X 247 cm

18- Southern Kilim

Description: Fragment of a larger kilim that was likely made in a communist-era factory. This kilim would have been made in several panels. Smaller accommodation during the communist period led to the kilim being cut to fill a specific, smaller space for use in a room or hallway. Needs minor repair.

Estimated Age: 50 to 60 years

Dimensions: 204 cm X 91 cm

19- Northen Kilim

Description: This is an exceptionally large and heavy kilim discovered in northern Albania, but possibly wove in neighboring areas of the former Ottoman Empire in Europe. From the outside, we have a red, plain border. Next, we discover 200 humanoid figures with raised arms, perhaps in celebration or warding away evil, standing on a beige zigzag line. A medium-sized green border contains zig-zag line of blue, white, and beige parallelograms defined by a red edge, creating a 3D effect. Then follows a narrow blue zigzag line that leads on to a deep black border featuring a red and blue vine or perhaps a line of serpents. The zig-zag line of multi-colored parallelograms repeats, but on a blue background in red, white, green, and black, with pink edges. Now we enter the red field with 206 four-petal flowers in the corners and central medallion. Grapes and tortoises may feature in the center, or perhaps butterflies.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 380 cm X 323 cm

20- Northen Kilim

Description: A superlative example of a kilim featuring the Beogradsko Kolo (Belgrade Key) design. This piece was likely woven in the late Ottoman Empire either in Sarajevo or was created after a local, Albanian weaver was inspired by a similar piece. Those using the palette of colors, the different emphases make a dynamic, stylistic contracts between the border and the central section. The kilim uses the following colors: red, mint green, white, burgundy, pink, blue, yellow, lavender, and black. What is interesting is that this is a marriage of two completely different kilim patterns. The interior is geometric and stylized, evoking mathematical precision, while the border is organic and free form with flowers of different sizes and irregular vegetation. This kilim is in excellent condition considering its age. This would have been made for a wealthy household and used only for important guests in a well-appointed room reserved only for visitors.

Estimated Age: 19th century

Dimensions: 360 cm X 245 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 principal 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

22- Northen Kilim

Description: This kilim is an old NW Bulgarian design often found in the homes of the wealthy and also in mosques and important buildings was popular in northern Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia. This kilim represents a flower garden. The garden has border of 28 pansies and a large, central bed of 5 irises. The black border and the central red field are separated by a white serrated pattern that may represent a fence. A delicate baby-blue serrated line appears on the long sides of the border. Interestingly the irises and pansies are multicolored and the overall colors are rich and deep. The flower representations contrast vividly; the pansies are organic and free from, while the irises are more geometric. A very similar kilim was donated to a major mosque in Mostar, Bosnia by the Emperor Franz Joseph in 1910, helping us date our piece.

Estimated Age: 20th century

Dimensions: 307 cm X 210 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.

Estimated Age: Mid 20th century

Dimensions: 179 cm X 116 cm

25- Southern Kilim

Description: This exceptional large and important kilim comes to us from the city of Korce. Although there is a fantastic border, it only occurs on three sides. It is possible that this kilim was made for a specific room in a very large and prosperous house that it is complete, with the side without a border being the location of a very long bench called a divan. It is more likely, however, that this is half of an extremely large mosque kilim. This is indicated by the orientation of the mihrabs in that they are all facing one direction. With the outlawing of religion and the dissolution of mosques in the communist period of Albania (1945 to 1991), the piece was likely split in half and our remaining half found new life in the home of probably a senior communist official indicated by the still unusually large size even after half is missing.

Estimated Age: Late 19th century or early 20th century

Dimensions: 423 cm X 296 cm

26- Northen Kilim

Description: The simple design of this exquisite, gigantic kilim belies an intricacy of detail which is applied to each of the features. The outer edge is a serrated red line, leading to a black border on which rest 44 alternative red and beige roses. This border zone is defined by a white line which leads to the central crimson red field. This field contains arrangements of roses and foliage in each corner which are symmetrical. A diamond-shaped central area is bound by a flowering black vine which is often found in Pirot-style kilims which originate from Pirot, Serbia in the 19th century. The flowering vine has five small tulips on each obtuse corner of the vine. The central area features roses and blue flowers arranged organically, contrasting to the symmetry found through the rest of the central field. Abrash is evident, indicating natural dyes were used.

Estimated Age: Early 20th century

Dimensions: 377 cm X 289 cm