The kilim is a flat tapestry-woven rug with a long history in Turkey, with designs varying from region to region. These vintage kilim, made between the 1930s and 1950s, are made of Anadolu çuvalı or Anatolian jute-wool, ensuring a long lifespan. This particular material was used as a carrier to transport the belongings of one’s family when travelling throughout the Anatolian landscape. These sacks were the ideal vehicle to carry wool or dried goods. In fact, they are often referred to as “grain bags.” When the carrier was no longer needed, it could have been opened and cut and used as a rug or covering.
Bordering between Central and Southeastern Anatolian, this Elbistan piece bares characteristics of both regions. The lighter tones call to color schemes of Central Anatolia while the more intricate patterns framed with white motifs evoke styles of the South. Decorative squares frame smaller intricate motifs that as a whole can be understood as a protective amulet. Other symbols play along the border of the bands. They are the typical Anatolian symbol, elibelinde or hands on hips signifying the hope of fertility. The motifs are chosen and sewn into the rug by the weaver as a wish to whomever uses the rug. This beautiful vintage kilim has been chosen for its tight knits and long-lasting quality. It will add a rustic quality and a great story to any space.
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Handmade from Anadolu çuvalı or Anatolian jute-wool.
Material: Wool on wool on frame. Wool on goat hair within the central pattern.
Size: Approximately: 4.5 feet x 3.5 feet (168 cm x 106 cm).
For best results vintage kilims can be cleaned by regularly vacuuming and dry cleaning or professional carpet washing once or twice a year (depending on its use).