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Handmade kilim

Bought this in Sibiu (aka Hermannstadt), Transylvania, last month for £147.

 

It is roughly two metres square and fairly clean although it shows signs of having been hung (oddly with fringes to the sides - right-hand in the photo). It is a little grubbier on the left hand side which was presumably closer to the ground. I have studied the geometric designs and can form no opinion as to the identity of the shapes. It is clearly a handmade Kilim and I would estimate its age at between 50 and 90 years old.

 

Given the history of the region where I purchased this it could be from almost anywhere in the middle east and I am no expert. It does not look like a Romanian design and could well be Turkish. Add is known, a great many Ottoman rugs found there way into Romania and adorned protestant churches in the absence of other forbidden decorations.

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Taken on October 18, 2015