A special big woollen hand woven patterned kilim runner. Hand woven on a big loom in Persian style in tough wool. This rug is in a good condition. Slightly irregular pattern and some minor weaving flaws but remember, this is hand made. I have highlighted one area of darning, but this looks very natural and tones in. Not all these rugs are exactly rectangular, because of the handmade factor and the loom weaving.
Bright and fun. Pinks, purples, burgundy, orange. It is reversible, one side is brighter.
This rug would enhance and brighten up any room. Lovely on wooden floors. Nice heavy hand spun wool.
Zoom in to the closeup pics to see the handspun wool. Any folds will fall out after a few days laid flat.
This weighs 8 kilos - a heavy rug, hence the postage, sorry. I use couriers who get goods to the USA in 5 days.
Afghanistan is one of the three main areas of kilim production along with Anatolia in Turkey and Iran. The majority of peoples were nomads (living in yurts) or settled farmers. Their lives have inspired a wealth of motifs and patterns. Each ethnic group has particular symbols, patterns and colour combinations. They are woven by people who collect the raw materials then spin, dye and weave the wool. Each village or family has distinctive motifs. Using portable looms built from tree branches and wool from their flocks they produce a stunning range of rugs. Traditionally the weaving is the women's domain.
Girls learn on tiny toy looms. Once competent they join their mothers and grandmothers and kilims are included in their dowries. Kilims are often woven from memory, with children absorbing the patterns. The patterns have nicknames such as mousetail, arrow and comb. The symbolism in the patterns has been passed down through generations. Kilims are often a form of visual communication expressing the hopes for good fortune, fertility and protection. The troubled history of Afghanistan has brought together a great diversity of ethnic groups from the Baluchi to the Uzbek and thus a varied range of designs.
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