Window Watch 1/15/2014 Captivating Kurdish & Classic Tribal Kilim

Posted on January 15th, 2014 by Joshua Kebabian



#37154 “Kurdish” 9 x 11.9 Afghanistan

The captivating “Kurdish” design carpet in WINDOW LEFT measures 9 x 11.9. This piece was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan by Turkmen women using handspun vegetally dyed local Ghazni wool.

The classic features of this Kurdish design carpet include an entire field covered with floral designs and a main border with floral elements arranged in a delightful way as to convey lattice work.  The color palette includes a breath-taking blue, navy, a rich, earthy brown, ivory, madder and tan.   This piece’s abrash (varied color due to the use of natural/vegetal dyes) is extensive and gives an authenticity to the piece.  This carpet’s abrash  calls to mind the wood grain of an exquisite piece of timber.

In the field, the artist’s design skillfully utilizes floral elements in a variety of scales and patterns creating a whimsical aura.  The simple and charming guard borders, one using an uncomplicated flower chain and the other a basic geometric design frame the large main border and field in an understated fashion which tastefully grounds the piece while simultaneously allowing the artist’s untroubled vibe to powerfully resonate.




#34671 Kilim 9 x 12 Persia

The classic tribal Kilim, or flat weave, hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 9 x 12.  This Kilim was handwoven in southwest Iran by Qasqai women using wool from their own sheep.   All Kilims are handwoven, not hand-knotted with cut pile. The word Kilim is Turkish, while in Persia and Central Asia they are known as Palas.

In the traditional fashion of Kilims the designs are bold. The brilliant navy and red pigments create a striking contrast against the ivory and white colors.  The variation in the radiant red is stunning and at times you are able to follow the track of the weaver’s hand.   Like all Kebabian’s carpets, the human touch is apparent and brings presence to a space.

This handsome Kilim will work magnificently in both traditional and modern settings.  The red brings warmth, yet the wide-open field lends plenty of “air” to a room.  As we are with all of our Kebabian carpets, we look forward to seeing where this stellar piece will find a home!

Sources:  Oriental Rugs by Walter A. Hawley, How to Know Oriental Carpets and Rugs, Allen & Unwin



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