Kilims or Gilims are flatwoven textiles with a woollen weft on a woollen, goat hair or cotton warp. There are many different techniques and designs. The weaver normally works within a tradition of techniques, motifs and designs specific to a particular area or ethnic group. The designs relate to her natural surroundings, protection, fertility and the harmony of family relationships. Each weaver adds something from her own creativity and sense of composition. Kilims are often woven as part of a marriage dowry and can be used to create many different objects like storage bags, horse-blankets, baby carriers, blankets and wall and floor coverings.

This vintage kilim was hand-woven on a simple loom by a village or nomadic weaver for her own use. Probably the weaver used wool from her own sheep. The wool was first cleaned, then hand-carded, hand-spun and finally dyed by hand, often using natural dye materials like roots, nuts, berries, fruits, flowers and plants. Kilims from the last quarter of the twentieth century mostly use synthetic dyes. This kilim would have taken many months to complete.

All our kilims selected in the country of origin and are professionally washed and restored before we import them directly from Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan. Natural patina and charming imperfections in design and colour (abrash) are highly valued characteristics of hand-woven kilims.

In Aydin, as in many western Anatolian regions, a number of designs were woven. Designs are similar to those woven in the Konya area, the main difference being that the Aydin weavings have many more infill motifs and so appear busier than the Konya varieties. A small hooked motif derived from the eight-pointed star, generally used as an infill or border motifs, appears as the main pattern in some kilims from this region. Aydin kilims are made in slitweave and have a pleasing colour palette: some feature a red ground, and other colours used are reds, blues, apricot, green and brown.

Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool

Size: 292×85 cms

Origin: Aydin, Turkey

Date of weaving: 1950s


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SKU: k2010039