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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.

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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MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER HANDIRA OR CAPE. Because of the intense winter cold woollen capes are extensively used by men and women in the mountain ranges. The warps or foundation threads are of very fine hand spun wool and the wool used for the actual flat weave is usually the softest and best quality. It is possible in an example like this to feel the natural lanolin in the wool and no dyes have been used. A very similar old example is shown in Plate 235 in "Splendeurs du Maroc". They can be worn or make fabulous throws on sofas or benches. Reference 2486. Size 175 x 111cms. 5ft.9in. x 3ft.8in. Euros 192.

MOROCCAN HIGH ATLAS BERBER HANDIRA OR CAPE. Because of the intense winter cold woollen capes are extensively used by men and women in the mountain ranges. The warps or foundation threads are of very fine hand spun wool and the wool used for the actual flat weave is usually the softest and best quality. It is possible in an example like this to feel the natural lanolin in the wool and no dyes have been used. A very similar old example is shown in Plate 235 in "Splendeurs du Maroc". They can be worn or make fabulous throws on sofas or benches. Reference 2486. Size 175 x 111cms. 5ft.9in. x 3ft.8in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakech. This type of piece is known as a "Hanbel" and is a mixed technique weaving which consists of a kilim or flat woven base upon which of piled sections are knotted. Other decorative bands acress the width are also woven, usually in black and white. Hanbels of this region tend to be longer than this one and are used as versatile covers or to hang and divide a room or tent into areas. There is a similar piece featured in the text book "Taznacht", which researches this region, on plate 28, page 152. It is described as being from the Ait Tidili Berber group. The rug is old, soft and supple. Reference 2721. Size 194 x 142 cms., which is 6ft. 4 ins. x 4ft. 8ins. Euros 575.

MOROCCAN BERBER RUG from the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakech. This type of piece is known as a "Hanbel" and is a mixed technique weaving which consists of a kilim or flat woven base upon which of piled sections are knotted. Other decorative bands acress the width are also woven, usually in black and white. Hanbels of this region tend to be longer than this one and are used as versatile covers or to hang and divide a room or tent into areas. There is a similar piece featured in the text book "Taznacht", which researches this region, on plate 28, page 152. It is described as being from the Ait Tidili Berber group. The rug is old, soft and supple. Reference 2721. Size 194 x 142 cms., which is 6ft. 4 ins. x 4ft. 8ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS KILIM / FLAT WEAVE from the region of Zeymour in the western Middle Atlas. The piece is about 30-40 years old and in excellent condition. It is finely embroidered throughout in silk with cotton highlights. It would probably have been used by a Berber woman as a cape for ceremonial occasions. Reference 2365. Size 145 x 89cms. 4ft.9in. x 3ft. Euros 380.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS KILIM / FLAT WEAVE from the region of Zeymour in the western Middle Atlas. The piece is about 30-40 years old and in excellent condition. It is finely embroidered throughout in silk with cotton highlights. It would probably have been used by a Berber woman as a cape for ceremonial occasions. Reference 2365. Size 145 x 89cms. 4ft.9in. x 3ft. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CAPE. A fine handira from the Ait Hadidoug Berber group near the village of Imilchil. Capes are used for warmth and fine examples for ceremonies such as the annual local wedding festival which takes place every September in that village. There is in-depth information on handiras from the Berber tribes of the both the Middle and High Atlas mountains in "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer. Reference 2148. Size 185 x 109 cms. 6ft. x 3ft. 7ins. Euros 384.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CAPE. A fine handira from the Ait Hadidoug Berber group near the village of Imilchil. Capes are used for warmth and fine examples for ceremonies such as the annual local wedding festival which takes place every September in that village. There is in-depth information on handiras from the Berber tribes of the both the Middle and High Atlas mountains in "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer. Reference 2148. Size 185 x 109 cms. 6ft. x 3ft. 7ins. The photo shows young girls of this tribe wearing similar capes. They are used often for special occasions such as wedding festivals.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE / KILIM. The number of horizontal bands and fine embroidered design are typical of the best pieces from the region of Zeymour in the western Middle Atlas. It was probably used as a cape and is an old example in excellent condition. Reference 2328. Size 196 x 142cms. 6ft.5in. x 4ft.8in. Euros 415.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS FLAT WEAVE / KILIM. The number of horizontal bands and fine embroidered design are typical of the best pieces from the region of Zeymour in the western Middle Atlas. It was probably used as a cape and is an old example in excellent condition. Reference 2328. Size 196 x 142cms. 6ft.5in. x 4ft.8in. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS KILIM - This extraordinary flat weave is woven from soft, silky, undyed hand spun Berber wools. It is a very long piece which probably owes its excellent condition to its limited use for ceremony or special occasions. The kilim is from the Ait Youssi Berber group in the western Middle Atlas. Ref. 2153. Size 400 x 126 cms, 13ft 2ins x 4ft 2ins, Euros 450.

MOROCCAN MIDDLE ATLAS KILIM - This extraordinary flat weave is woven from soft, silky, undyed hand spun Berber wools. It is a very long piece which probably owes its excellent condition to its limited use for ceremony or special occasions. The kilim is from the Ait Youssi Berber group in the western Middle Atlas. Ref. 2153. Size 400 x 126 cms, 13ft 2ins x 4ft 2ins, Euros 450.

MOROCCAN BERBER MIDDLE ATLAS CAPE. A cape, or "handira", from the Berber group Ait Morrhad in the High Atlas mountains in eastern Morocco. It is very finely woven with soft hand spun wools. Handiras are worn for warmth and also on many ceremonial occasions such as wedding festivals. The attribution of tribal origin of handiras is often based on the combination of colour and design and there is a similar cape shown in the text book "North African Textiles" on page 86. Some of the best information on handiras is contained in "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 143 onwards. These capes make wonderful wall hangings or throws for sofas and benches. Reference 2149. Size 152 x 117 cms. 5ft. x 3ft. 10ins. Euros 376.

YOUNG GIRL FROM THIS REGION WEARING SIMILAR CAPE. A cape, or "handira", from the Berber group Ait Morrhad in the High Atlas mountains in eastern Morocco. It is very finely woven with soft hand spun wools. Handiras are worn for warmth and also on many ceremonial occasions such as wedding festivals. The attribution of tribal origin of handiras is often based on the combination of colour and design and there is a similar cape shown in the text book "North African Textiles" on page 86. Some of the best information on handiras is contained in "Morokko" by Kurt Rainer from page 143 onwards. These capes make wonderful wall hangings or throws for sofas and benches. Reference 2149.

MOROCCAN MIXED TECHNIQUE FLAT WEAVE/KILIM OR "HANBEL". This rare, old hanbel or cover is from the region of Rehamna in the plains of Marrakech. This land lies between that city and extends westwards to the Atlantic Ocean. The weavers are not Berbers but Moroccan Arabs. The foundation is a long hand woven kilim of several shades. As the weaver progressed she wove several bands of knotted pile across the field and this is known as mixed technique. Along each side the carpet has the repeated triangular design which is the traditional finish of much of the Rehamna weaving. Hanbels are used in tents or dwellings as multi-purpose covers or curtains as well as floor coverings. Two long pieces with similar colourings and designs are shown as plate 62 and 63 in the text book "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2718. Size 340 x 180 cms., or 11ft. 2ins. x 5ft. 3ins. Euros 1580.

MOROCCAN MIXED TECHNIQUE FLAT WEAVE/KILIM OR "HANBEL". This rare, old hanbel or cover is from the region of Rehamna in the plains of Marrakech. This land lies between that city and extends westwards to the Atlantic Ocean. The weavers are not Berbers but Moroccan Arabs. The foundation is a long hand woven kilim of several shades. As the weaver progressed she wove several bands of knotted pile across the field and this is known as mixed technique. Along each side the carpet has the repeated triangular design which is the traditional finish of much of the Rehamna weaving. Hanbels are used in tents or dwellings as multi-purpose covers or curtains as well as floor coverings. Two long pieces with similar colourings and designs are shown as plate 62 and 63 in the text book "Maroc - Tapis de Tribus". Reference 2718. Size 340 x 180 cms., or 11ft. 2ins. x 5ft. 3ins. CLOSE UP.

KILIM/FLAT WEAVE HORSE BLANKET which, apart from one design strip of deep madder red, is woven entirely of shades of undyed goat hair. It is probably the work of the Berbers of Ait Ouaouzguite in the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakech. Its versatile square shape makes for an attractive wall hanging, throw or table cover. A similar part of the design is shown in plate 26a of the authoratitive text book "Taznacht" by Kurt Rainer and Hassane el Yakine. Reference 2743. Size 138 x 142 cms., or 4ft. 6ins. x 4ft. 8ins. Euros 180.

KILIM/FLAT WEAVE HORSE BLANKET which, apart from one design strip of deep madder red, is woven entirely of shades of undyed goat hair. It is probably the work of the Berbers of Ait Ouaouzguite in the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakech. Its versatile square shape makes for an attractive wall hanging, throw or table cover. A similar part of the design is shown in plate 26a of the authoratitive text book "Taznacht" by Kurt Rainer and Hassane el Yakine. Reference 2743. Size 138 x 142 cms., or 4ft. 6ins. x 4ft. 8ins. CLOSE UP shows one of many display uses.

MORROCAN FLAT WEAVE/KILIM HORSE COVER. In the region of the High Atlas stretching south from Marrakech to the pre-Sahara many Berber groups weave intricate covers for their horses. This old, used example is soft and supple and is the work of the Ait Aballah group. These covers make fascinating wall hangings, throws and table covers. The piece was used for several decades and has some minor bruises to the pile but is complete and original. Reference 2763. Size 127 x 166 cms., or 4ft. 2ins. x 5ft. 6ins. Euros 650.

MORROCAN FLAT WEAVE/KILIM HORSE COVER. In the region of the High Atlas stretching south from Marrakech to the pre-Sahara many Berber groups weave intricate covers for their horses. This old, used example is soft and supple and is the work of the Ait Aballah group. These covers make fascinating wall hangings, throws and table covers. The piece was used for several decades and has some minor bruises to the pile but is complete and original. Reference 2763. Size 127 x 166 cms., or 4ft. 2ins. x 5ft. 6ins. CLOSE UP.

MOROCCAN BERBER FLAT WEAVE/KILIM HORSE COVER which is from the southern High Atlas. These versatile covers make wonderful covers for tables, can be used for throws and also for wall hangings. The colours are deep and rich in both the kilim and knotted pile sections. Plate 29 of the text book "Taznacht" shows a hanbel, or long cover, from the Ait Makhlef Berbers which has identical colours and very similar designs throughout. Perfect and original condition. Reference 2764. Size 102 x 148 cms., or 3ft 4ins. x 4ft. 10ins. Euros 525.

MOROCCAN BERBER FLAT WEAVE/KILIM HORSE COVER which is from the southern High Atlas. These versatile covers make wonderful covers for tables, can be used for throws and also for wall hangings. The colours are deep and rich in both the kilim and knotted pile sections. Plate 29 of the text book "Taznacht" shows a hanbel, or long cover, from the Ait Makhlef Berbers which has identical colours and very similar designs throughout. Perfect and original condition. Reference 2764. Size 102 x 148 cms., or 3ft 4ins. x 4ft. 10ins. CLOSE UP.

MALI KILIM / FLAT WEAVE These pieces are known locally as "khasa" which means blanket. However, they are multi functional. They are woven by men of the Fulani tribe in Mali in west Africa. The tribal women spin the exceptionally fine wool and also carry out the dyeing for the coloured sections. Black and white colours are natural. The loom is narrow and the kilim lengths are around 20cms. / 8ins. wide. The width of the finished piece is determined by the number of strips joined together. A large curtain can have many but the most common will have 5 or 6 and these are for use as bed covers or capes. In the winter they keep out the cold and in summer protect from the sand storms. Reference 2636. Size 230 x 112cms. 7ft.7in. x 3ft.8in. Euros 350.

MALI KILIM / FLAT WEAVE These pieces are known locally as "khasa" which means blanket. However, they are multi functional. They are woven by men of the Fulani tribe in Mali in west Africa. The tribal women spin the exceptionally fine wool and also carry out the dyeing for the coloured sections. Black and white colours are natural. The loom is narrow and the kilim lengths are around 20cms. / 8ins. wide. The width of the finished piece is determined by the number of strips joined together. A large curtain can have many but the most common will have 5 or 6 and these are for use as bed covers or capes. In the winter they keep out the cold and in summer protect from the sand storms. Reference 2636. Size 230 x 112cms. 7ft.7in. x 3ft.8in. Euros 350.