Kilim 136
Kilim 136
Kilim 136
Kilim 136

Kilim 136

Regular price $700.00

Southern Kilim

Billsht, Korce, Albania

Late 19th/Early 20th century

This piece was located in the village of Billsht and purchased from a family of ethnic Vlachs, formerly a semi-nomadic group that moved to mountains each summer for shepherding in south Albania and other parts of the Balkans. We have never seen another piece displaying this pattern. This piece likely covered a wooden bed frame or the floor when a special guest visited. The central pattern is enclosed by a burgundy frame. This pattern tesselates and it is dominated by twelve tesserae in cream, each of which contains a red, bow-like flower with an orange center and outlined in burgundy, to which are attached two tri-lobed leaves in two shades of green. The negative spaces in this arrangement are filled by six light blue tesserae in the center, four quarters of tesseare in the corners, and ten half-tesserae along the borders, each containing the same flowers as found in the cream tesserae. The lack of mathematical precision indicates this was a family production for person use. It is unique. It features no previously seen or studied motif.

265 cm X 259 cm / 104,3 in X 102 in

9.9 kg  / 21.83 lb