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Back on sale! Reservation fell through :-{ Lovely long patterned woollen hand woven Chobi kilim/runner from Afghanistan. This is the most beautiful runner I have ever had in - I want to keep it! Great quality and perfect condition.

This kilim would look good in any hallway or large sitting room. Super on a wooden floor. Very nice patterning.
Chobi means natural dyes have been used.

9 feet 1 " long x 2 ft 7" wide. Tough hand woven wool.

The handspun wool has been left natural to produce this super colour. Zoom in to the closeup pics to see the handspun wool.

The kilim weighs about 8 kilos - a heavy rug, hence the postage, sorry.

HISTORY:

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.