Bosnia, Sandzak, Montenegro, Kosovo, Kukes region of Albania, used by prominent family in Kruje
Early 20th century
This kilim features a pattern found on many Bosnian-produced pieces from the 19th century which themselves were based on NW Bulgarian motifs from earlier periods. The long sides have a serrated black edge. The outermost border in stricking sky blue contains approximately 52 roses. An inner border of deep blue contains 32 roses. The rich red central field is dominated by three 'Beogradski kolu (key)' patterns that are found in certain kilims from NW Bulgarian which then spread throughout the Ottoman Empire in Europe. The central medallion is a rich pattern of many colors. From the central green point on the 'bomb' or stylized bird form, the colors from the inside out are: green, black, white, pink, yellow, gray-green, blue, cream, burgundy/wine, cerulean, light blue, cerulean, black, cerulean. There are cream and light blue medallions located in the burgundy/wine colored pattern and on the right and left finials. Black 'fetters' motifs are found in the gray-green colored pattern. The flanking medallions start with a pale, central point and use the following colors to complete the color scheme of the key pattern: cornflower blue, yellow-orange, brown, green, red, black, light blue, cerulean, cream, burgundy/wine, cornflower blue, deep indigo, cornflower blue. Green 'fetters' are found in the red finials and black and red medallions are found in the cerulean areas of the image. Pink and yellow medallions feature on the left and right finials of each of these flanking keys. Four floating forms decorate the long sides of the central field using a variety of colors, including light blue, black, orange-yellow, pink, green, cerulean, and cornflower blue. The corners of the field are anchored using primarily shades of rich blue, but also containing cream and brown forms. This is a spectacular work of art that was either created in Bosnia, Montenegro, or in northern Albania and would have been an extremely important possession of a wealthy family, using this kilim only for the most important occasions.