South Anatolian kilim fragment

Kilim fragment. Wool, natural dyes. South Anatolia. Early 19th. century. Dimension cm. 85 x 150 (34” x 59”). Professionally mounted on black cotton.
This South Anatolian kilim is woven with a repeat design sometimes associated with the so-called 'elibelinde' or 'hands on hips' motif. The origins of this ornament is controversial with most scholars now confident that such patterns and motifs derive from abstracted variants of classical carpet and textile design, with a strong contingent of kilim aficionados insisting on a direct linkage with specific iconography going back to pre-history. Whatever the case, its rendition and scale here is stunning. Against an ivory ground, curvilinear hooks and zig-zags create a dynamic assortment of negative space and new figural relationships. SOLD.

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