Style: Maimana Kilim
Dated: Mid/Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 307 cms / 10 feet
Width: 200cms / 6.5 feet
The whole of a burnt orange ground pierced by an all over geometric design of stiff and angular lozenges dyed in black, navy and saffron. The overall effect of this weaving is of zigzag striping. Although bold, this piece remain tasteful because of the colours it employs and is unusual in that it does not have any white or beige in it at all. Fully reversible if required.
These tribal kilims are woven by Uzbek weavers in the central Afghan region in and around the city of Maimana.
Maimana, capital of the Faryab province, is a bazaar for kilims from the surrounding areas of northern Afghanistan and bordering Turkestan. Maimana kilims, often large, and particularly hardwearing, were originally woven indoors on large vertical looms.
These pieces are easily recognizable by their simple patterns of diamonds and triangles, in bold reds, oranges, blues and browns, the central designs often being delineated by white borders. The main borders of the kilims themselves are geometrically patterned traditional designs, such as darakht - tree design, or daryaa - river design.
The ancient designs have changed little over the centuries. Made with 100% wool and entirely hand woven, these kilims are exceptional value for money.