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Pastels are in this summer. Tight weave hand woven tough wool pink/blue/white kilim. Woven on a big loom. Very good condition apart from one hardly noticeable little patch near a corner - see last pic.

Dimitri has posed to give you an idea of the dimensions of this kilim.

Subtle colours in a kind of abstract geometric pattern. Very natural wool and subtle colours.

7 feet 6" x 5 ft 9" wide.

This rug would look good in any room. Lovely on wooden floors. Maybe a bedroom would be enhanced with the pastel colours.

Zoom in to the closeup pics to see the handspun wool. Folds will fall out after a few days laid flat.

This weighs 7 kilos - a heavy rug, hence the postage, sorry. I use couriers who get goods to the USA in 5 days or less.

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.

RESERVED for KATE: 7 x 6 ft Pastel colours. Wool Rug/Kilim/Carpet. Hand woven. Afghanistan.