Kilim 13
Kilim 13
Kilim 13
Kilim 13
Kilim 13

Kilim 13

Regular price $1,400.00

Northern Kilim

Shkoder Province

early 20th century

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. Interestingly, the triangles are reflections of each other from the short edge. The base of each triangle forms a serrated edge that is parallel to the red edge of the black border. Moving inwards, two bands of deep blue, representing a river, feature floating flowers, leading to a sophisticated central region. We see a fence in blue and white encasing a red field (fertile land), both along the river, and around three ponds. These ponds of deep blue water, each containing an island in the shape of an intricate rhombuses. On each island is a table featuring plates of food for 8 people with a central image on the table of a tray full of food, a feast. There are 30 flowering trees or roses in two lines along the rich, red field. This kilim was made for a wealthy client, probably ordered to fit a specific room and used only on festive occasions in line with the motifs featured in this wonderful, rich piece.

346 cm X 243 cm  /  136.2 in X 95.6 in

19 kg / 41.88 lb