OLD ORIENTAL CARPET
KILIMS AND FLAT WEAVES Page 1
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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