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11 feet 2" x 4 ft 4" .

A very special big tough wool hand woven striped and patterned red kilim runner. Woven on a very big loom in the Sumak style. This rug is in a great condition. Gorgeous colours and intricate patterning. Red, orange/yellow, blue and beiges. The turned over pic shows the Sumak style weaving.

Great Condition. Very natural wool and super colours. Excellent condition. Tough and sturdy wool, resists children and dogs!

This rug would enhance any room. Lovely on wooden floors.

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

This weighs about 9 kilos - a very heavy rug, hence the postage, sorry. I use Fedex or UPS couriers who get goods to the USA in 5 days or so.

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.Very natural wool and super colours. 11 feet 3" x 4 ft 2"

Long Sumak Kilim.11 ft . Bright Wool Rug/Kilim/Carpet Runner. Hand woven. Afghanistan.