This is a piled carpet from the great fortress city of Gjirokaster in south Albania, near the modern border with Greece. A deceptive pattern comprised of double wreathes around diamond lozenges reveal three humanoid motifs at one end, suggesting a concealed purpose for use a Muslim prayer rug. In addition, it may depict someone walking through a floral archway. It should be noted that carpets and kilims often were used for many purposes. This kilim is of the correct size to have served as a sitting and sleeping mat, prayer carpet, and wall hanging, depending on need. Three colors are featured. A brown border encases a deep red field with images woven in black. The dyes are all natural.This would look great on a bed, on a floor, or hanging from a wall as a tapestry.