Kilim 144
Kilim 144
Kilim 144
Kilim 144
Kilim 144

Kilim 144

Regular price $2,000.00

Southern Kilim

Korçe

First half of 20th century, pre-WW2

This kilim comes from the city of Korce in south Albania. Made of cotton and wool, it is a product of the first half of the 20th century and would have adorned the home of a wealthy individual or may have been intended for use in a mosque, according to the people in the area today. A red serrated edge surrounds a thick teal band decorated with stylized vegetation and flowers, and perhaps bird forms, that are found on kilims from North West Bulgaria from earlier periods. The long and short ends attempt to mirror the opposite side, but are not entirely successful. From here, the short ends are separated from the central field with a red band, serrated on the outer side, and on the long sides by a brown vine with teal, lilac, and orange flower buds. This flowering vine is repeated in the field and separates the lines of mirrors/mihrabs bringing a total of 5 vines stretching the length of the central field. Each zone created by the vines hosts a stylized tree of life either in burgundy or orange, with leaves, flowers, and folliage depicted in multiple colors. The trees hold two or three mirrors or mihrabs, each formed by bands the same colors as their sponsoring trees and then concentric indigo and white finely-toothed bands, for a total of 9 mirrors. The mirrors have beautifully colored fields in one of the following colors: teal, lilac, red, sky blue, khaki, brown, burgundy. Each mirror hosts a single stylized bird that is an older NW Bulgarian kilim pattern, with details in contrasting colors. The birds all face the same direction.

323 cm X 303 cm / 127 in X 119,2 in

7.9 kg / 17,41 lb