Kilim 36
Kilim 36
Kilim 36
Kilim 36

Kilim 36


Southern Kilim

Billsht, Korce, Albania

1880

This whimsical piece clearly indicates two different points of origin in time. The bottom panel was likely the first panel to be started. On one end we see an indigo border which utilized relatively expensive indigo dye for a blue color on a burnt orange background, with this switching to a locally-produced black dye batch of yarn for the remainder of the panel's border with a dusky-pink background from here on out. The repeating, matching loaves moving from left to right switch to a completely different color palette for the final loaves, a salmon pink. The reasons for these changes may have been that the originally maker may have had to switch dyes due to costs or whatever was available the time, may have started the kilim at one point in their lifetime, only to have it completed later or by others. It may be that they began the kilim and then used the more expensive materials for another project and did their best to complete the weaving with other types of dye. The pink salmon loaves may have been created due to lack of large quanties of green-dyed yarn, with only enough to complete half-loaves long the border. We simply will never know, but this charming, historic piece tells a story. Overall there are 21 half-loaves and 54 full loaves in the central field. The long ends are bordered with a multi-colored vine and black, serrated edge features along all four sides. There is a grey or indigo band along the top and bottom. Overall, the colors may have been inspired by the colors and shades found in watermelons. The piece was made in the village of Billsht by local Vlachs (Aromanians) by the same family that provided another kilim in our collection that is dated to 1880.

285 cm X 249 cm / 112,2 in X 98 in

14.4 kg / 31.74 lb