Cicim Kilim with Diamond-in-Cross Motif

This intriguing cicim kilim from eastern Anatolia features a simple, banded central field sandwiched between two skirts that are busily decorated with a jumble of colourful motifs. The dominant design-a diamond within a cross, with protruding double-pointed arrows-is difficult to identify. It may be a protective symbol, such as the burdock burr, or a highly stylised star (a sign of happiness). The double-pointed arrows may also recall the animal fetter or hobble motif. Animal fetters were locked on the front legs of horses and cattle to keep them from running away. Thus the fetter symbolizes union, constancy, and commitment to the family.

The raised surface of the bright thread used to create the complex array of motifs in the skirts can easily be mistaken for embroidery. In fact, the patterns are created with a supplementary weft (usually using a thicker yarn) interlaced into the fabric during the weaving process. This technique is known as cicim in Turkey.

Country of Origin: Turkey

Size: 3'6'' x 6'4''

Age: 40 - 65 years old

Material: Wool

Product Code: A76-005

Price: Rs36,000

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