Anatolian kilim’ s fragment

Kilim. Wool. Kappadocia area. Central Anatolia. Late 18th. century. Cm. 255 x 70 (8’4” x 2’3”). Signs of age and wear, holes, original side, damaged ends, reduced at the top.
This extremely rare kilim ‘s fragment is captivating in appearance. It exudes an air of mystery and magic that makes it a true "cult kilim". The composition of just a few colours and designs focuses on essentials, omitting anything superfluous. We do not know the sacred message contained in this kilim, but we do sense its numinous aura. – The diverse shades of Indian yellow combined with the only carnation stripe in the field contrasting with sanguine and Havana brown of the border are striking. It can be assumed that the different hues were employed deliberately to create a contrast to the other side. Apart from a few protective symbols in the brocading technique, the inner section has been left undecorated, allowing the Indian yellow ground colour to come into its own. The side of the field is decorated with a zig-zag line directly connected withto the Havana brown-ground border containing powerful, reciprocal spiral hooks. Only two other kilims with a border like this has been published to date (see below). The provenance assumed by Hirsch for the Vok’ s piece is the mountainous region between Ermenek and Konya. The fragment probably once belonged to the inventory of a mosque and has survived for this reason. In Anatolia, it was traditional to donate a deceased person’s coffin cover to the local mosque after the funeral. Price on request.

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