Kilim 130
Kilim 130
Kilim 130
Kilim 130
Kilim 130

Kilim 130

Regular price $1,000.00

Balkan Kilim

Montenegro / Kosovo

110 years

This kilim was made by Montenegrin Orthodox Christian woman who married a Kosovar Albanian Muslim and lived in the Prizren region of today's Kosovo in the early 20th century. This piece was sold to us by her elderly granddaughter. There are Cyrillic/Latin initials woven into the kilim representing the maker and her groom. The pattern is traditional and found in the Montenegrin region, but uses the color palette that one finds in the Prizren region making this a wonderful fusion of two discrete colors and tastes. The central red field contains two pale green trees of life with multi-colored fruit and flowers. The vast number of colors is impressive and includes: red, pink, pale green, dark green, lilac, yellow, black, white, orange. Surrounding this rich central area is a black serrated band that hosts and orange vine which is miniaturized on the short ends, that sprouts flowers of orange and white on the long sides and orange, pink, and white on the shorter sides. A thick sky-blue border surrounds it all and contains multicolored butterfly forms in many colors with internal geometric shapes in constrasting colors. The long sides have a red, serrated edge and the short ends have bands of black and red leading to a white fringe. This was clearly made to commemorate the wedding of the couple. There are some irregularities that indicates the weaver has not mastered her art at this stage which is compensated by the enthusiasm and complex use of color and shapes. Irregularities include: variation in widths, sizes of the serrated edges which are sometimes edged and sometimes not, and transitions between colors in the border are irregular. Even within our collection, this is distinct piece that was not made for any market and was very personal. This is one of the few pieces for which we have a complete provence for the entire life of this early 20th century old creation.

368 cm X 191 cm /  144,8 in X 75 in

12.4 kg / 27,3 lb