Kilim 32
Kilim 32
Kilim 32
Kilim 32
Kilim 32

Kilim 32


Northern Kilim

Shishtavec village in Kukes Province, Albania

1920

This very large kilim, featuring two axes of symmetry, comes from the village of Shishtavec in the Kukes region. The extraordinary and unique symbols were meant to invoke good fortune and miracles on the family according to the family that produced the kilim around the year 1920. The deep red background allows the use of vibrant, festive colors to celebrate life, good fortune, fertility, and even today, immediately has a positive psychological effect. One can imagine with ease this kilim being brought out for special occasions with great pride. It was made on a verticle loom and represents an ideal garden, possibly paradise. The central flower is likely a passion flower placed on a smal blue lozenge that is imposed on a sunburst or sunflower in orange-yellow. The sunburst itself is covered in fine details including roses, leaves, branches, and tables in a variety of appropriate colors. On opposite ends of sunburst are two small vases from which emanate an informal border of folliage and roses. The verticle and horizontal arms of the sunburst contain saplings while diagonal arms feature small blossoms. The passion flower is on a brown, orange, and khaki lozenge which itself rests on a yellow and khaki background, enclosed by a rich blue arabesque outlined in burnt orange on the inner side and burgundy on the outerside. Corners of the arabesque band have orange flowers bursting from the ends. The external edge of the sunburst is outlined in cream and dark blue. Upon reaching the deep red field we witness small, delicate blossomed branches, featuring up to 8 different colors of flowers. The main border is a thick band rich in vegetation and varieties flowers, many in much darker colors with lowlights of black to give further definition, throwing the center to even brighter contrast, as if that were needed further. The band contains pink arabesques and along with a band of rich blue representing a stream. Move to edge we see a angled castellation which represents the enclosure of the overall garden.

300 cm X 206 cm / 118 in X 81 in

10.3 kg / 20.7 lb