Antique Ottoman Kilim, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa date: 1900 – This antique Kilim rug, of Ottoman design, is more like a beautiful work of textile art than anything else. The simple figure eight and zigzag pattern is understated in its elegance. The muted warm color palette and soft, uneven lines do not boldly scream for attention. Rather, they whisper for one to come closer, to examine, to feel. It speaks and says, “Someone, over 100 years ago, made me with their own two hands.”
If one answers the call and looks closely, it is easy to see the tell tale signs of a hand-crafted antique Ottoman embroidery textile. Each line is slightly off true. Each figure is asymmetrical and just a little bit uneven. Yet the overall effect is so lovely and inviting. It is an antique textile that begs for bare feet to feel its bumpy and irregular texture.
A kilim such as this does not bring to mind opulence or palace interior designs. The rustic look of this antique Ottoman embroidery textile evokes the gnarled hands of a weaver at her rug loom, painstakingly crafting the design thread by thread, perhaps passing her skills on to the next generation as she wove the silken strands together with a speed born of experience.
This flat-woven Otomman kilim rug summons an image of days past and of early afternoon light on stone walls. It recalls children eating baklava or flatbread on low cushioned benches, playing traditional board games such as Tawula or Okey.
Here the dark tones and bold prints one usually associates with traditional Turkish rugs is absent. In their place is something light, delicate and almost ethereal. The allure of this piece is not in its lavishness, but in its quiet charm.