Kilim 116
Kilim 116
Kilim 116
Kilim 116
Kilim 116

Kilim 116

Regular price $1,425.00

Northern Kilim

Shkoder Province

Early 20th century

This may be a local copy of popular design found originally on NW Bulgarian carpets during the Ottoman Empire, or imported from somewhere else in the former Ottoman Empire, like Bosnia. This piece would have been commissioned by a wealthy family and probably only used for special events, like the arrival of important guests, weddings, and other significant occasions. The kilim is bordered by a thin, black serrated edge, followed immediately by a thick band of cream. The cream band contains 58 'turtles'. The next border is of the 'queen's sleave' motif, with 96 sleave designs, on a black strip that surrounds the central field. The central field is a beautiful red, dominated by wreathes of flowering vines set in rhomboid shapes. The central wreath is far larger than the other four, creating a nice balance. All five wreaths have four 'devil's knees' in their centers, although the four in the large central wreath are displaced slightly towards one end. Central positioning would have recovered 9 'devil's knee's in white in the central wreath. There are 166 'devil's knees' decorate the field. The large wreath contains over 100 blossoms, while each small wreath contributes 38 blossoms each. This means there are over 226 blossoms in total.

 

281 cm X 201 cm  /  110.6 in X 79 in

7.3 kg / 16.09 lb