Kilim 28
Kilim 28
Kilim 28
Kilim 28

Kilim 28

Regular price $2,510.00

Northern kilim

Kruje

First half of 20th century

This very large kilim is likely inspired by older kilim patterns originally from NW Bulgaria. This exceptional piece has a simple red narrow band on the short sides while the long sides feature a red band with waves. The next main border of black is graced with 57 turtle designs which are multi-colored and attempt to reflect each other on the long sides. Next we come to a light blue band decorated with the queen's sleeves pattern, alternative with open tulips or poppies. The dramatic central red field has a geometric layout of five rhombuses, the central one being larger, of black, flowering vines which often feature in Pirot and NW Bulgarian kilims. The obtuse angles of each rhombus has a delicate white tulip. The smaller vine enclosures each feature four devil's knees in black and green, while the larger enclosure has nine devil's knees in light blue and black. 76 more devil's knees are arranged in triangles to complete the spaces around the vine enclosures and these are found in three variations. This piece is in excellent condition, was made on a verticle loom, and was a high-end purchase for a wealthy family. Abrash is present, but subtle, due to skillful weaving and use of natural dyes.

344 cm X 240 cm / 135,4 in X 94,4 in

24 kg / 52.9 lb