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KILIMS AND FLAT WEAVES 2

THIS SECTION shows a selection of flat woven rugs often called kilims.  Sometimes they are just a plain weave with different colours and designs but they also frequently are embellished with designs in knotted pile and various forms of embroidery.

In Morocco, larger pieces are known as "hanbels" and smaller ones which are used for capes are "handiras".  Flat weaves are  used extensively in dwellings as curtains, covers and bedding. Capes are used to counter the intense winter cold in the mountains. Small pieces are used as horse covers and decorations

This group of weavings is for use in daily life and also for ceremony and special occasions.

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KILIM / FLAT WEAVE called "Kpoke" and woven by the Mende people in Sierra Leone in West Africa. The women of this group spin the fine cotton required for these kilims but the actual weaving is done by men. Width is achieved by joining together the long strips of cloth and depends on the use the piece is woven for. The colors are wonderful and bright. It will make a versatile throw, sofa or table cover or wall decoration. Reference 2741. Size 287 x 125 cms., or 9ft. 5ins. x 4ft. 2ins. Euros 125. Shipping depends on destination.

ARRAIOLOS NEEDLEWORK RUG rom the region of south eastern Portugal. The main centre for this centuries old hand stitched craft is in the the small town of Arraiolos itself but many were woven in the surrounding villages. The designs are traditionally floral, the colours soft and pastel and the materials local wools. This is an old piece but in perfect condition and its squarish shape is versatile enough to allow it to decorate several different areas. Reference 2980. Size 238 x 160 cms., or 7ft. 10ins. x 5ft. 4ins. Euros 480.

ARRAIOLOS NEEDLEWORK RUG rom the region of south eastern Portugal. The main centre for this centuries old hand stitched craft is in the the small town of Arraiolos itself but many were woven in the surrounding villages. The designs are traditionally floral, the colours soft and pastel and the materials local wools. This is an old piece but in perfect condition and its squarish shape is versatile enough to allow it to decorate several different areas. Reference 2980. Size 238 x 160 cms., or 7ft. 10ins. x 5ft. 4ins. CLOSE UP.

PATCHWORK PANELS which form a square and feature 36 individual panels each with designs of scorpions, lizards, beetles and serpants. A most unusual and primitive decorative cloth for a wall or table. The origin is being researched but it is most likely to be from a rural area of one of the small Central American countries. Reference 2973. Size 99 x 101 cms., or 40 inches square. Euros 130.

PATCHWORK PANELS which form a square and feature 36 individual panels each with designs of scorpions, lizards, beetles and serpants. A most unusual and primitive decorative cloth for a wall or table. The origin is being researched but it is most likely to be from a rural area of one of the small Central American countries. Reference 2973. Size 99 x 101 cms., or 40 inches square. CLOSE UP.

BALUCH / BELOUCH KILIM FROM NORTH WEST AFGHANISTAN known as a "Ru Korsi" and used sometimes as a cloth placed on the floor for the service of bowls of food, and also on other occasions to cover the feet for warmth near a fire. These pieces are often woven in two separate halves, joined together to form a square. The inclusion of a knotted pile border is unusual. Ru - Korsis by the nature of their use in tents or primitive dwellings often have small snags. They make very stylish wall hangings, table covers and throws over benches. Reference 3092. Size 146 x 150 cms., or almost 5ft. square. Euros 175.

MOROCCAN BERBER KILIM which is a finely woven piece from the region of Zemoour in the western Middle Atlas. Many kilims from the villages in this area are brought to the carpet bazaar in Khemisset for the weekly rug day which is Tuesday. Qualities vary enormously and weaving of this degree of fineness is unusual. The many embroidered bands are complicated yet very well balanced. Ref. 2931. Size 150 x 100 cms., or 5 ft. x 3 ft. 4ins. Euros 135.

CLOSE UP of intricate well balanced embroidey designs.