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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.

VERY UNUSUAL WEAVING, thought to be a table or altar decoration from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The materials used - cotton front, raffia back, cowrie shells and many beads are all found in weaving from this country. Fascinating table cover or wall mounting. Reference 2406. Size 59 x 88 cms., or 2ft. x 2ft. 11 ins. Euros 48 plus postage.

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 280.

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.

KILIM FROM KAYSERI in Central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey) which is recent and evenly woven with well spaced designs and clear colours. Reference 3116. Size 215 x 115 cms., or 7ft. x 3ft. 8ins. Euros 280.

KILIM FROM KAYSERI in Central Anatolia (Asiatic Turkey). The camel coloured main border is attractive and shows off the primitive designs in the centre panel very well. Recent and in perfect condition. Reference 3117. Size 240 x 150 cms., or 7ft. 11ins. x 4ft. 10ins. Euros 390.

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 lmost 5ft. square. Euros 175.

HMONG FLAT WOVEN SASH from the Vietnamese Province of Ha Giang. Mixtures of flax, wool and cotton are used in varied proportions. After many intermediate stages carried ot by the women weavers, the twined lengths of material are woven into cloth on a hand loom. Colours can be monotone, or subdude or very bright and spontanious and the woven cloth is used to make clothing such as this sash, baskets and bags, pillows and cushions as well as all types of household textiles. This piece was bought in Vietnam in 1960 but is in excellent condition. Reference 3122. Size 180 x 100 cms., or 6 x 3 ft. Euros 85.

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.