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What a gorgeous hand woven kilim. Amazing pattern and vivid colours. This would jazz up any hallway or sitting room. The camera makes it a little pink - it is more red. In the last pic Dimitri gives you an idea of scale.

The Sumak style of weaving is almost as if it has been embroidered on the top - look at the reverse in the last pic and you may see how it is done.

9 feet 11 " x 4 feet 7". Very good condition. Zoom in to see the patterning.

Lovely on wooden floors or tiles. Nice sturdy wool.
Zoom in to the closeup pics to see the handspun wool and nice texture.

This weighs 10 kilos - a heavy rug, hence the postage, sorry.


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.