KNOW THE CRAFTSMANSHIP KILIM... A WHOLE WORK OF ART
KILIM is a flat carpet without short wires nor knots and that is woven manual born.
Is the Turkish term. In Iran it is Gelim; in Afghanistan it is Kelim; in Caucasus it is Palas; in Morocco it is Janbel...
About 3,500 years ago in Central Asia, it has spread to Eastern Europe and North Africa.
drawings are usually geometric due to its weaving technique, full of symbolism and in bright colours.
In addition to the complexity of the design, it is determined by the natural dyes. Natural pigments are achieved with a large number of plants, flowers, seeds and roots, as well as other factors that determine the tone such as the water temperature and the steeping time of the cotton/wool which is a process that can take up to several days.
In material terms, not much is really needed. A loom, a comb pressure and a knife or scissors are the basic tools plus the wool/cotton as the primary material. Sometimes it is mixed with other yarns like silk, silver threads or according to the weaver´s imagination, small decorative embellishments like sequins can be sewn to it...
Kilims have their origins in the fabric of Asian nomadic tribes. They used to waterproof their tent´s flooring since being flat and compact prevented the passage of the desert sand. Then this manufacturing technique was extended to everyday items like bags, knapsacks, blankets ... that required a wear-resistant material.
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