Large Serbian Flatweave Kilim Rug

Large Serbian Flatweave Kilim Rug

£220.00

Pirot kilims are made of high quality wool from Stara planina, they have beautiful motifs and ornaments, two identical sides and various symbols that carry different meanings.

These features make them one of the most famous Serbian brands.

The process of making them is long and complex, but in the end you get a unique piece of art whose beauty and luxuriousness can be recognized around the world.

Lovely vintage Serbian handwoven flat weave kilim.

Dimensions: 127cm x 176cm

As this rug is an aged vintage item, minor wears and tears that only add to its character are expectable.

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Pirot kilims are made of high quality wool from Stara planina, they have beautiful motifs and ornaments, two identical sides and various symbols that carry different meanings. These features make them one of the most famous Serbian brands. The process of making them is long and complex, but in the end you get a unique piece of art whose beauty and luxuriousness can be recognized around the world.

The four hundred years long tradition of kilim weaving is what made this town in eastern Serbia famous. Back in the day more than two thousand and five hundred women used to make their living out of this old craft and their handcraft was both well paid and held in high regard.

Nowadays that number has gone down to around thirty, the demand for kilims is lower and so is the income. All of these factors show that the women who still make kilims, do it out of pure love and dedication for the oldest, most beautiful and the purest national handcraft.

Kilim weawing was (and still is) a strenuous and laborious work, so it’s often seen like a writing, a story and a diary of the person who made it. For centuries, women have been weaving their pain, joy, messages and symbols into the rugs.

In the 19th century, the Pirot kilim reached the highest technical and art values with its real wealth of ornaments, colors and motifs. The kilims were earlier dyed by natural plant dyes later artificial (industrial) ones were used allowing more nuances of one color.

From century to century the kilim is crafted less and less in private houses and more and more in manufactures like the ones in Pirot during the 18th and 19th century. At the end of the 19th century Pirot had 250 looms and between two world wars a half of the whole women inhabitants of Pirot were involved in kilim making.

In 1886 the Kilim society of Pirot was founded and in international exhibitions and fairs Pirot kilims started to win gold-medals.

Lovely vintage Serbian handwoven flat weave kilim.  dimensions: 127cm x 176cm

As this rug is an aged vintage item, minor wears and tears that only add to its character are expectable.