Saturday 6 June 2015

April Collection of Kilims, Rugs and Textiles

Photos of April finds from Anatolia

Last week I finished taking photo of the kilims, rugs, yatiks and textiles I found in Turkey in April. Below are photos of a small selection. To see the complete collection, with more photos in the various albums of 'Large Kilims', 'Small Rugs' etc. on the Tribal Rugs and Kilims main page click here:

If there is anything you are interested in and would like more details, please let me know.

Large east Anatolian Reyhanli kilim

Fine small 1920s Qashqai rug

Small old west Anatolian Korkuteli kilim

Small south Anatolian Mersin kilim

Very large 4.7 metre long old Konya kilim

Large west Anatolian kilim

Large west Anatolian divan cover kilim

Large west Anatolian Sacikara or Karakecili kilim

Fine large Taspinar rug

Very unusual old Dosemealti runner

Finely woven large Ordu prayer kilim

Unusual Konya region Taspinar yatak rug

Fine antique Ottoman period silk jacket

Large antique Shirvan rug

Kurdish east Anatolian rug from the Malatya area

Rare antique Khorasan, Quchan Kurdish rug

west Anatolian Karakecili kilim
Old long west Anatolian Karakecili kilim with dynamic spiral motifs

west Anatolian Saçikara yoruk kilim
Old west Anatolian Saçikara yoruk kilim 
See more from new collection here:

Thursday 4 June 2015

A rare camel kilim from Khizi north of Shirvan in Azerbaijan

Rare 19th century zili and soumac kilim camel cover from Khizi, Azerbaijan

An interesting and very rare 19th century kilim from Khizi, north of Shirvan in Azerbaijan. Part of a two panel camel cover, or deve chulu, with Turkmen tree of life design elements reminiscent of tent bands and also narrow diamond bands seen in 19th century Shahsavan soumac weavings. The kilim comes from the south Caucasus region of Khizi, north of Shirvan in Azerbaijan, an area historically occupied by both Tat and Turkmen tribes. Some villages in the area were occupied by Tats, some by Turkmen and some villages were mixed. Shahsavans also migrated to the area from the south, around Savalan mountain, in the 16th and 17th centuries. This explains the cross tribal influences in the main tree of life design and soumac and zili bands. Size 120cm x 78cm.

Only one example of a complete camel cover of the same type with tree of life bands is known and is published as Plate 119 in Robert N. Nooter, ‘Rugs and Textiles from the Caucasus’, Atglen PA (2004). There is also a comparable example of a contemporary camel cover in the Azerbaijan National Museum, Carpets and Applied Art in Baku, museum inventory no. 1591, published by Museum Director Roya Tagieva in Azerbaijan Carpets (1999) Plate 293.

To read more about this rare weaving and see detailed photos, click on this link: