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Patterns and Symbols of a Kilim

The mythical language of nomadic rugs

The designs on Kilims express everyday nomadic life: Talismans against demons, good -luck charms as well as symbols of plants, animals and material goods recur frequently. Many of these motifs are of pre-Islamic origin. The harsh wilderness in which man struggles and to which he brings his hopes, wishes and desires are all expressed in a Kilim. Is is said of the Anatolian Kilim in particular that they speak a mystic pictorial language. Because they are so rich in symbols they offer an insight into a communal culture - however, each Kilim is the creation of the individual sensibilty of the female weaver.

Sheaphead in Anatolia

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KILIM - History and Symbols

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