Category Archives: Motifs

Kilim of the Month: Esme

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Possibly one of my husband’s favourites so I thought I would pay homage to one of the 3 (make that 2) stunning antique Esme kilims that we have in store. From afar, the overall look is pleasing to the eye … Continue reading

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“What’s with the tulips?”

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It is usually quite easy to distinguish classic Turkish cini (ceramic), as the central design theme has remained unchanged for centuries. Flowing floral branches and blossoms with erect bulbous tulips and bursting carnations are like a large crescent and moon … Continue reading

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Kilim motifs and what they mean – Part 2

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Well overdue I know, but part 2 is finally here.  Thanks to ‘A’ for prompting me to get into gear! Continuing on from part 1 a look at some common Anatolian motifs found in kilims (and carpets for that matter). Star: … Continue reading

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Anatolian rugs in Renaissance paintings

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Thanks to some Renaissance artwork that has survived from the 14 Century onwards, the study of Turkish carpets and kilims had another source of evidence to consider.  It was popular to use beautiful handmade rugs and kilims as decoration for the … Continue reading

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How do you say…’our problems will go with us to the grave’?

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When I returned to Australia after living in Turkey for five years I received many many beautiful hand crafted textiles.  A hand painted silk tablecloth from my yenge, a much used wooden tray stand from another yenge but my most … Continue reading

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Kilim of the month – May ’12

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#0035 Cal , Western Anatolia, Turkey Hand spun wool on cotton warps Woven in the slit-weave technique Mixture of natural and synthetic dyes. I remember quite clearly disliking this kilim as soon as we got it.  I couldn’t put my … Continue reading

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Pomegranates

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Now that I’ve started seeing these delicious fruits in the supermarket shelves, my eyes are being drawn to the just as tempting ‘woven’ pomegranates around the shop. I can remember many times driving around the Anatolian villages to visit friends … Continue reading

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