Afghani Malhaki Kilim

This Malaki kilim from southern Afghanistan features a field crammed with a complex honeycomb pattern of interlocking hexagons. Brown and black colours predominate, in keeping with the dark, sombre hues typical of Baluch weaving. Red, key-like motifs (possibly elongated botehs) inhabit herringbone cartouches in the inner and outer borders.

Baluchistan is a sparsely populated area of arid deserts and mountains straddling Afghanistan, Pakistan and eastern Iran. Tribes from this area have a prolific tradition of flatweaving. Because of the prevalence of ornaments like rectangles, hexagons, and octagons, Baluch weaves belong to the geometric category of nomadic rugs. Many kilims from this area are made with a combination of three different techniques: weft-faced patterning (a type of flatweave), weft wrapping (soumak) and knotted pile.

Country of Origin: Afghanistan

Size: 4'0'' x 6'0''

Age: 40 years old

Material: Wool

Product Code: A09-011

Price: Rs36,000

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