Balkan Diamond Pattern Kilim Rug
This phenomenal kilim rug has been meticulously hand-crafted by interweaving multi-coloured wefts and warps, resulting in an ornate geometric patterned kilim, that is rich in cultural history, and reversible with the same pattern on both sides.
Kilim is a word of Turkish origin and refers to a flat tapestry-woven carpet or rug traditionally produced by nomadic people across the former Ottoman Empire. Balkan kilims come from an area that belonged to the Ottoman Empire from 1500, and historians believe that kilims actually originated in the Balkans and Middle East. Traditional Balkan rugs show Islamic influences as well as nomadic tribal traits. The border of this particular rug features the Yilam motif, meaning snake, a symbol of happiness and fertility. The diamond pattern in the main body of the rug represents Edjer, or dragon, the guard of treasures and secret objects. The two halves of this rug have been separately woven in long narrow sections, commonly known as cicims, on a small nomadic floor loom and then the panels have carefully been sewn together. This irregular format is due to frequent re-assembly of the loom as the weaver travels from place to place and is indicative of a kilim that has been made within a nomadic tribe to serve the needs of their community.
Passionate about sourcing vintage textiles and preserving the folk art of nomadic people, this rug was specially selected on travels through Central Asia by a well-connected funky dude who’s business motto is 'good shit, good prices.'
This vintage piece is an incredibly rare find! It would make a spectacular addition to a living room floor adding rich ornamental texture to your home.
- Vintage hand-woven kilim rug dating from around the 1960s-1970s
- A whopping 2.26 x 1.42 metres in size
- Wool is the primary material used to make a kilim rug
- Provenance: Balkans
- Care: treat this piece with very special care - professional cleaning is recommended!
- Please note: this is a handmade and vintage piece. All of our rugs are hand-selected and in good condition, however some signs of wear and charming imperfections are to be expected
- If rugs could talk, this one would have some tales to tell