This authentic, handmade Turkish kilim is in beautiful, earthy tones of muted green, pale blue, yellow and red. It features a traditional wolf's mouth motif first used in ancient times to protect tribes and their cattle from wolves, due to the belief that one could be protected from something if they imitated it in their weaving. The symbol has since developed to represent general protection from monsters and evil forces.
Each vintage kilim we offer in lostinamsterdam.com is one-of-a-kind, authentic and handmade. Our kilims are made with organic wool and dyed with 100% natural vegetable dye. All our kilim rugs are professionally cleaned and odour free.
Product Size: 70 cm x 110 cm
Color: Teal Blue, Red, Beige, Navy - Vegetable Dyed Wool
Material: 100% Wool
* Wool is the primary and often the only material used to make a kilim rug. Many kilims are made totally from wool where it is used for both warps and wefts, and wool is the primary weft material used with cotton warps, which accounts for the great majority of all kilims.
This popularity of wool is due to its inherent qualities. It is supple, durable, handles easily when spun or woven, readily takes on dyes and, most important, is in plentiful supply in kilim-making regions. There are certain breeds of sheep, like the merino, whose fleece is especially sought-after for its special luster and length of the fiber, but actually, it's the domestic fat-tailed sheep bred with its favorable climatic and grazing conditions that provides much of the excellent fleece used in kilims.
The Language of Motifs
Natural dyes made of leaves, flowers, vegetables, and roots yield the rich colors associated with Anatolian kilims and carpets. These sought-after rugs also share a unique language expressed through the motifs woven into each pattern.
Turkish kilims and rugs were first created not only for utilitarian purposes. Traditional Anatolian motifs serve as both communication and artform, and symbols on the earliest-known carpets show that religious beliefs and rituals played a role in their composition. The colorful pattern of every Turkish carpet and kilim is rich with meaning and history.
While the meanings of Turkish carpet motifs vary depending on the region, they universally touch on religion, power, nobility, and nature.
Made in Turkey