Antique Macedonian Kilim Rug,Country of Origin: Macedonia, Circa: 1st Half of 19th Century – This extraordinary Macedonian kilim was produced in the first half of the 19th century. The first thing that catches the eye in this flat weave rug is the breathtaking use of color. The uniform geometric design showcases the colors even more. The design has an ancient and tribal feel that reflects the simple, yet colorful lifestyle of the Greek island and people of the Balkan Peninsula.
Macedonia is an area with a rich and colorful history that is reflected in artwork from the region. The history of Macedonia has an artistic tradition that goes back to the Hellenistic period, when it became a center for the arts and science. This tradition continued through the centuries and its artwork continued to reflect its ancient roots.
Macedonian history is one of turmoil and the invasion and conquest by many different cultures through the centuries. As a result, its artwork shows the influence of the many different artistic traditions that came to the region to settle for various lengths of time. In this antique Kilim rug, one can easily see the colors of the geometry and vibrant colors of the Byzantines. One can also see the tribal influences of the more recent Slavic people.
Color and simple shapes come together in this antique rug to create a beautiful and versatile piece that has a global, ethnic feel. The placement of the color within the diamonds and chevron border seen to be random and according to the whims of the weaver of this spectacular antique flat woven kilim. The colors in the diamonds are different, but in some cases, the colors are the same in adjacent diamonds. This gives it a hand-crafted, artisan quality that would make a beautiful addition to compliment a number of modern and contemporary designs, even though it is a treasured antique piece.