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Sarkoy Kilim
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1st half 19th century, 385 x 338 cm, South East Europe, Bulgaria

VOK Collection, Anatolia 17

This large kilim was made in the mountainous region of north western Bulgaria, probably in the area between Sarkoy and Ciprovzi on the Serbian border. It dates from a period when modern-day Bulgaria was still known as Rumelia and belonged to the Ottoman Empire (until 1879). The indigenous population produced such kilims both for home use and for sale. Several large-format kilims have survived in the regions monasteries, and it is conceivable that they were woven there, too. Usually attributed to Thrace in rug publications, their specific repertoire of designs and motifs, their distinctive palette and their use of tapestry weaving technique, with eccentric wefts for rounded motifs, make these kilims a group in their own right. The characteristic tree-of-life designs are encountered in many variations. In this item, a huge, discrete cherry-red niche outlined in green is placed on a midnight blue ground, which is studded with small red double arrow motifs. In its interior, a mirror-image tree-of-life opens its branches bearing diamond-shaped stylised fruit. Representations of animals have been incorporated into the design everywhere, and three human figures with outstretched arms are standing at the lower end of the field. The border is filled with miniature versions of the niche form, each containing a small tree with a bird perched on top. Minimal signs of wear and very good overall condition because the kilim was always used as wall hanging.
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Sarkoy Kilim

Estimate €9,900 - €10,000
Mar 12, 2016
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Starting Price €8,000
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0120: Sarkoy Kilim

Sold for €8,500
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Est. €9,900 - €10,000Starting Price €8,000
VOK COLLECTION Selection 2
Mar 12, 2016 9:00 AM EST
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1st half 19th century, 385 x 338 cm, South East Europe, Bulgaria

VOK Collection, Anatolia 17

This large kilim was made in the mountainous region of north western Bulgaria, probably in the area between Sarkoy and Ciprovzi on the Serbian border. It dates from a period when modern-day Bulgaria was still known as Rumelia and belonged to the Ottoman Empire (until 1879). The indigenous population produced such kilims both for home use and for sale. Several large-format kilims have survived in the regions monasteries, and it is conceivable that they were woven there, too. Usually attributed to Thrace in rug publications, their specific repertoire of designs and motifs, their distinctive palette and their use of tapestry weaving technique, with eccentric wefts for rounded motifs, make these kilims a group in their own right. The characteristic tree-of-life designs are encountered in many variations. In this item, a huge, discrete cherry-red niche outlined in green is placed on a midnight blue ground, which is studded with small red double arrow motifs. In its interior, a mirror-image tree-of-life opens its branches bearing diamond-shaped stylised fruit. Representations of animals have been incorporated into the design everywhere, and three human figures with outstretched arms are standing at the lower end of the field. The border is filled with miniature versions of the niche form, each containing a small tree with a bird perched on top. Minimal signs of wear and very good overall condition because the kilim was always used as wall hanging.

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