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Shahsavan Khan Kilim

Shahsavan Khan Kilim

  • Number 402

  • Origin Shahsavan

  • Material Wool

  • Style Geometric

  • Type Kilim

  • Size 329 x 170

  • Age 1850


This is one of a pair of exquisitely fine kilims I bought from the descendant of one of the grand old Khans of the Shahsavan tribe. The other I sold to a very good friend of mine, a dedicated kilim collector. The nomadic clan that wove it used to inhabit the fertile grasslands around Hashtrud in Azerbaijan, so called because it lay at the conflux of 8 rivers or streams.

This kilim was made using the finest dyes and wool, and is by far finer than any other tribal kilim I've seen. The traditional Shahsavan manner of staggering rows of lozenges, separated by narrow horizontal strips, is given new life here. Indeed this may well be the originator of such designs seen elsewhere (please check the Shahsavan Shirvan Kilim elsewhere on this site). Usually 4 lozenges appear per row in a 2 meter wide kilim. Here we have 8 per 1.7 meter width. Do the width to appreciate how finer it is. It folds neatly into the size of 4 iPads stacked above one another. Dyes? Zoom in to be amazed!

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