Kilim 31
Kilim 31
Kilim 31
Kilim 31

Kilim 31

Regular price $1,740.00

Levenxe

Korçë district

19th century

This kilim is of the extremely rare 'shaggy carpet' design found only in the mountainous regions of southern Albania. The primitve appearance belies a complexity of design and motif. Utilizing only two colors which add stark contrast, we note the vertical borders have a serrated pattern while the horizontal borders are castellated. The narrow, indigo borders along the edge enclose a deep red border region with 20 indigo patterns that may represent butterflies or abstract birds. The central main area in indigo has mirrors on each corner, pointing towards each other, with each containing a fowl, all surmounted by abstract vegetation and birds, perhaps representing a tree of life motif often found in Balkan kilims. The central lozenge in the central panel contains an ewer, called an ibrik in Turkish and Albanian, which was a symbol of welcome. This lozenge is also surrounded and surmounted with abstract vegetation. The mirrors, abstract vegetation, and butterfly or bird motifs are found on kilims from Bulgaria from the 18th and 19th century. Research on these rare shaggy carpets is ongoing and initial indications are that they were made by semi-nomadic Vlachs (Aromanians) and no examples have been found post-1940.

210 cm X 177 cm / 82,6 in X 69,6 in

9 kg / 19,84 lb