Window Watch Afghan Kilim and Afghan Tabriz

Posted on December 5th, 2014 by Joshua Kebabian


#31063   8.6 x 11.2  Afghan Kilim  Afghanistan

#31063 8.6 x 11.2 Afghan Kilim Afghanistan

      The Afghan Kilim hanging in WINDOW LEFT  measuring 8.6 x 11.2 was handwoven in northern Afghanistan in the village of Maimana using wool from their own sheep.  The village is renowned for these simple, yet sophisticated weavings.

     The patterns are typically geometric. In this intriguing piece the Turkmen elements are largely of diamond-shape and are surrounded by a variety of guard borders. One guard border incorporates the S symbol which may be either vertical or horizontal and is believed to be either associated with sun worship representing light and deity or the serpent representing superhuman knowledge.” (Oriental Rugs, Antique and Modern, Walter Hawley)  One of the outer guard borders gives the appearance of ram’s horns. 

    This piece is an excellent representation of weaving from this region.

     “Designs suggestive of the workings of a primitive imagination untrammelled by the conventions of art, and with a chaste simplicity of color that lends an atmosphere of dignity, possess a subtle charm that awakens an intense interest.” Walter Hawley  

      This Afghan Kilim brings a much needed, earthy & carefree vibe to the busyness of life!


#31310  Fine Tabriz  9 x 11.3   Pak-Afghan

#31310 Fine Tabriz 9 x 11.3 Pak-Afghan     

    The stylish finely wovenTabriz hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measuring 9 x 11.3 brings warmth and a classic style to a space.  This piece was hand-knotted in Attock, northern Pakistan by 4 Afghani Turkmen over a period of 6-7 months using handspun vegetally dyed local wool. The artist’s simple color palette of madder red, cream, tan, navy and teal coupled with a sophisticated pattern brings just the right amount of ease and intensity to create a classic timeless design.

     Historically, Tabriz, capital of the province of Iranian Azaerbaijan, has been one of the most important centers for the production of Oriental carpets. Their designs have a mathematical precision that creates a perfect symmetry. This piece contains the classic design of a small diamond, which occupies the center and is surrounded by a series of concentric medallions.  The rich, red field’s floral vines appear as latticework and also define the alluring cream corner quadrants. The main navy colored border contains peonies, which represent power,  separated by a simple floral design, which brings in air and maintains a nice balance. The tan guard borders use of design and color are striking.

     The artist masterfully creates a work of art which implores you to slow down and enjoy the ”colors”. “Speed kills colour…the gyroscope when turning at full speed, shows up gray.” Paul Morand.

     Slow Down & Enjoy Life More!


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