Sivrihisar, Central Turkey, mid 20th century
This kilim has a dramatic expanding pattern that echoes the repeating diamond shaped motifs. Woven circa 1960, with natural dyes and hand spun wool on cotton warp. It is in perfect condition.
Size(cm): 470 x 172
Size(ft): 15’5 x 5’8
1 in stock
Sivrihisar: this rather delicious word describes kilims from Central Turkey, south east of Ankara. Very little kilim weaving takes place in Turkey now, certainly almost none of the quality of this example which was woven around 1950. The repeating pattern shows the ‘elibelinde’ or ‘hands on hips’ motif, said to depict a mother goddess above the phoenix. Anatolian kilim imagery reflects a very old culture. The famous archeological site of Catal Huyuk revealed paintings with these images, though controversy surrounds some of the now lost evidence, it seems certain kilims reflect a particular thread of culture going a long way back into history.