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6 feet 3" x 3 ft 2". Maimana style soft wool rug. Nice patterning. Lovely colours. Any folds will fall out in no time.

This woollen handwoven mat or kilim has a most unusual pattern. The patterning is particular to the town of Maimana and the colours are very traditional. natural wool and dyes.

Very good condition. Maimanas are a looser weave, lighter weight type of rug. But still tough. Zoom in.

History:

Maimana, capital of the Faryab province, is a bazaar and marketplace for kilims from the large surrounding areas of North Afghanistan and bordering Turkestan. Maimana kilims, often extremely large, and particularly hardwearing, were originally woven indoors on large vertical looms, sometimes in specially constructed Yurts (tents) by the regional Uzbeks. Subsequently, they were copied and were also woven by the many other tribes in the area, Aimaqs, Hazaras, Tajics and Turkomen.

Maimana kilims are easily recognizable by their simple patterns of diamonds and triangles, in strong reds, oranges, blues and rusty browns, the central designs often being delineated by white borders. The main borders of the kilims themselves are geometrically patterned traditional designs, such as darakht - tree design, or daryaa - river design. The wool originally used was from Hazaragi and Ghilzai sheep and was coarse and loosely spun.