Anatolian Kilim Wool / Goat Hair 6'0"X8'7"
Geometric motifs are common among this collection of goat-hair flatweaves, but this Anatolian kilim takes the richness up a notch with a hexagonal lattice and playful color scheme. The all-over marsala motif is punctuated with colors like sky blue, saffron, red, mauve, orange, custard and charcoal, all elegantly tied together with a simple, colorful border. Like most goat-hair kilims, this has an unfinished back similar to hand-knotted rugs.
History of This Design: Kilims represent an important and widespread tradition in rug weaving, as they are commonly produced in villages and by nomadic tribes. Their motifs are determined by the individual weaver and often produced by memory, giving each kilim a unique character that reflects the tastes and perspective of individual artisans. Because of the manner in which they are woven, kilims contain geometric and rectilinear patterns — the tight curvilinear floral motifs found in many hand-knotted rugs cannot be produced with this technique.