Kilim 125
Kilim 125
Kilim 125

Kilim 125

Regular price $120.00

Southern Kilim

Korce

Last half of the 20th century

This small kilim is a prayer carpet. The burgundy border outlines the whole with a serrated edge along the long sides. The central field is broken into four, uneven rectangles, alternating in pale green and pale blue and separated by thin burgundy lines emanating from the border. From left to right, the decoration consists of two spider-forms with one in red and the other pink. The next panel has a central pane of two key hole designs, one in light blue and the other in pale green, and the entire pane, which is in burgundy and pink, is bordered by four 'eyeglasses' designs in red and dark blue. The next section contains a central pane in burgundy, outlined in pink, with a multi-edged central medallion surrounded by four insect forms, perhaps caterpillars in pink and pale green, the ones in the opposite corners matching each other. Outside the pane, four spider forms, in pink and red, match their diagonal opposite. The final pale green section contains two red and blue 'spectacles' patterns. This kilim is based on motifs found in antique NW Bulgarian antique kilims. The black fringes are very attractive. Abrash is found in the border, indicating hand dyeing. This piece was probably made during the communist period. The pattern is not typical for prayer carpets and may indicate covert use as religion was outlawed in Albania. Another possibility is that it may original in a neighboring country, such as today's Macedonia and was brought into Albania after the collapse of communism in 1991.

113 cm X 65 cm / 44,4 in X 26,5 in

1 kg / 2.20 lb