Kilim 131
Kilim 131
Kilim 131
Kilim 131

Kilim 131

Regular price $1,200.00

Northen Kilim

Skhoder Province

First half of 20th century, pre-WW2

This kilim features a pattern found on Bosnian-produced pieces from the 19th century which themselves were based on NW Bulgarian motifs from earlier periods. 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. The long sides have a waveform black edge while a simple black strip encloses the short sides. The outermost border is in a dusty pink natural dye and abrash and contains 22 roses. The rich red central field is separated from the border by a thin black line. On the long sides of the central field, the black line outlines a complicated Y-form which may represent seedlings emerging from furrowed rows. The central is a bright red and holds three Beogradski Kolu (Belgrade Key) designs. Additionally the central field has the following designs arranged symmetrically: 12 cruciforms arranged along the long sides to protect from the evil eye, 12 stylized bird forms that are symbols invoking fertility in three different color combinations, 4 pairs of green brackets that are back to back that stand for fertility, and 4 pairs of black brackets facing each other, each of which has a central lozenge on the long sides, also fertility symbols. The central key, from the center to the edges of the pattern, use the following colors: orange, green, white, blue, red, dusty-pink, black, green, white, aubergine, pale blue, yellow, and black. The flanking keys contain the following colors, from the central point to their outer border: aubergine, yellow, blue, aubergine, green, white, black, dusty pink, red, blue, black, pale blue, and black. All the keys have bi-colored almonds in threes on their acute angles, and single almonds on their obtuse angles. These almonds on the outer keys are black and white, and those on the central key are orange and black. The obtuse finials all contain a single hexagon with those in the outer keys in yellow and the central key hexagons in aubergine. The field is partially broken up with protruding bird cages in brown, outlined in green, red, blue, and white. Each full bird cage, of which there are four, contains two bird forms looking away from each other, reminiscent of the double-headed eagle (symbol of Albania) or vultures (important in Medieval Serbia), separated by a red vase. The corners have partial cages containing a single blue eagle/vulture. This kilim is in great condition with some minor signs of wear.

284 cm X 211 cm / 111,8 in X 83 in

9 kg / 19.84 lb