Konya kilim

Konya Kilim

from central Anatolia, Turkey

19th century

Size: 466 x 160 cm


Interest in ‘oriental rugs’ has changed focus over the last forty years or so from mere floor coverings to art objects. One of the most exciting ‘discoveries’ has been the artistic power of old Anatolian kilims. This ancient weaving tradition existed in Asia Minor long before the arrival of the Turks around AD 1000. 

Noted for their bold abstract patterns which bear little relation to other areas of oriental carpet design, these kilims have engendered much discussion about the origin and symbolism of such motifs. Beyond doubt, however, is the immediate visual impact of such vibrant and powerful weavings.