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Antique Tribal Kilims and Bags

Fine ethnographic kililms (kelims) and other weavings have been produced by nomads and villagers throughout the Middle East and Central Asia for centuries.  Decorative woven saddlebags, storage sacks, tent hangings, animal trappings and floor or ground covers have traditionally enhanced every important aspect of daily life and are genuine expressions of tribal culture. 

The geometric motifs in these antique tribal rugs and weavings evolved directly on the loom.  Traditional designs--some religious, talismanic or totemic--were passed from one generation to the next, with each weaver creating subtle variations that reflected her own artistic personality.  

The tribal textiles below were gathered by Marla on research buying trips in the Middle East--primarily 
Turkey.  In Criteria For Selecting Tribal Textiles, Marla discusses the qualities she looks for when selecting antique weavings.  

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Click on the inventory numbers below to see full view photos and large details.

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Karapinar Kilim
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Kagizman Kilim
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Malatya Kilim
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Kazak Khorjin Pouch
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Shahsevan Mafrash Panel
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Kutahya Yoruk Apron
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Yomut Turkmen Horse Cover
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Shahsevan Mafrash Panel
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Erzerum Namazlik Kilim

1690 Johnson Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30306  USA

Phone:  404-872-3356

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