Kilim 133
Kilim 133
Kilim 133
Kilim 133

Kilim 133

Regular price $1,280.00

Southern Kilim

Erseke

Early 20th century

This grand piece is the product of villages in the Kolonja region of south Albania, around the town of Erseke. Kilims of this type are shown in the Kavaje Ethnographic Museum covering wood bed frames from the late Ottoman period. These kilims feature strong colors, lots of flowers, and complicated motifs in their central fields. This kilim is enclosed by a triple band of aubergine, cream, and aubergine. The border of cream is covered in green stems, 32 flowers which may represent pansies and tulips, alternating attractively. The central field is enclosed by a another cream and aubergine border. The central medallion features a concentric crosses, the first of which is yellow outlined in aubergine. This rests on a wreath or table pattern which partially covered a Maltese-style cross in red with blue borders. This cross rests on another red cross outlined in blue. This cross in turn rests on a table in shades of green, cream, taupe, and light green forming what appears to be an 8-sided star. The table rests on a butterfly-shaped aubergine field on which are blue, lilac, pale yellow, and orange-yellow flowers with buds and stemps in green. The four corners of the central field are in an attractive indicate and contain contrasting yellow/orange and red/aubergine flowers green stems emanating from a garden. The remaining areas are green fields outlined in cream and aubergine. We have interpreted the displays on the short sides hills and valleys in which rests a large burgundy device which is surmounted by two pairs of double-headed eagles at different elevations which in turn is capped by a western-style Christian cross. The colors used in these devices include: dark blue, red, green, burgundy, cream, pale green, and brown. The long sides feature triangular fields that a mountain form in the center section in four steps, with internal motifs in contrasting colors. This is outlined in black and cream which reveal subtle, partially concealed Christian croses on the vertices of the black steps. This is an extraordinary work of art whose complex geometry conceals a deeply spiritual theme.

300 cm X 232 cm  /  118 in X 91.3 in

6 kg / 13.22 lb