VINTAGE ANATOLIAN KILIM 5'9" X 12'9"
This kilim has a truly unique composition: while the repeating columns or scorpion medallions are interesting, it's the center line and field play that are the most compelling. The electric pink line seems to be an interpretation on the classic Tree of Life, but here it looks more mechanical or even biological. The dark inset fields give the medallions depth, making them transcend their two-dimensional form. And the whimsical use of bright bolts of color give the whole rug a feeling of fearlessness. Not only is this a great piece for a room, but most definitely a conversation-starter.
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.