Suzani-style Persian Soumak Kilim

This eye-catching kilim from the Iran-Afghan border area is unusual in several ways. It is called a “soumak kilim” because it is woven using two methods: weft wrapping (soumak) and simple flatweave. But it is also labelled a “suzani kilim” because its detailed, intricate patterns, as well as its ivory-coloured background, recall the traditional embroidered dowry textiles of Central Asia.

This densely decorated kilim is also remarkable because of the preponderance of borders in its overall design. In most rugs and kilims, the borders play a secondary role and merely frame the primary design in the main field. Here, however, the field is much reduced in size and character, featuring a regular array of kochanak and cross motifs. The rest of the composition is dominated by no less than nine borders.

The two largest borders contain a mysterious, key-like symbol (possibly an elongated boteh) in a herringbone cartouche. Between them is a semi-major border containing small white crosses in red octagons--motifs somewhat reminiscent of Turkmen guls. And squeezed between these three larger borders are four border stripes made up of S or hook motifs.

Country of Origin: Iran

Size: 6'5'' x 4'3''

Age: 40 years old

Material: Wool

Product Code: A10-103

Price: Rs48,000

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