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5 feet 9" x 3 feet 3". Hand woven pretty coloured Maimana pure wool rug.

This nice woollen handwoven rug or kilim features subtle colours. The patterning is particular to the town of Maimana and the colours are very traditional.

Good condition. Vegetable dyes. This kilim style is quite a loose weave, and a lighter weight rug. 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.

6 x 3 ft Maimana. Hand woven Rug/Kilim Mat from Afghanistan. Bright colours.

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