Kilim 66
Kilim 66
Kilim 66
Kilim 66
Kilim 66

Kilim 66

Regular price $500.00

Prizren carpet

Prizren

50 years

This carpet (sixhade) is from Prizren region of Kosovo was likely made by a bride as gift to groom's family. She would have presented at least 3 of these, all similar. The type of carpet served for guest seating, sleeping, and praying if in a Muslim household. The carpet is noteworthy as there 21 pairs of matched, symmetrical doves, as well as two solitary doves. The maker's mark is present in a rectangle on the bottom right ENAM, which may be a pair of initials of the bride and groom. Additional A's are found throughout the carpet, perhaps the initials of weaver. A thick triple-plaited animalform border encompasses the whole piece. The long sides then have a white and green, interlocking toothed band. The bottom band is a crenellated strip of deep aubergine with yellow and dark pink details within. Three sides within this are panels of matched doves with cruciforms, resembling Orthodox crosses. The bottom band contains various paired geometric shapes in bright orange and yellow with borders of various colors, and decorations of letters and flowers. A green and yellow central form likely is a stylized double-headed eagle. The central field is a very complex area bordered by a flowering vine on a yellow border, encasing a orange field that contains stylized 4 double-headed eagles, flowers, crosses, butterflies, and other imagery. The fringe is attached separately on all four sides in yellow, black, white, orange, pink, and green. The use of the cross and dove motif throughout and its obvious design as a Muslim prayer carpet are both significant and likely indicates a wedding between a Christian bride and a Muslim groom.

236 cm X 144 cm  ./  92.9 in X 56.6 in

11.4 kg / 25.13 lb