Malatya Black Cicim Kilim with Fetter Motif

This elegant cicim kilim from Malatya in eastern Anatolia features an empty, black central field flanked by two skirts busily decorated with colourful motifs nestled in white honeycombs. The dominant design-a diamond with protruding double-pointed arrows-is difficult to interpret. It may be a protective symbol, such as the burdock burr. More likely, however, the double-pointed arrows recall the relatively common 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 red, yellow, pink and orange thread used to create the fetter motif can easily be mistaken for embroidery. In fact, it is 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: 2'9'' x 4'9''

Age: 40 - 65 years old

Material: Wool

Product Code: A76-004

Price: Rs30,000

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