The most beautiful and unusual double sided kilim. 276cm x 117cm.
Featuring woven cranes and block printed decorative elements over the most astonishingly attractive ombre pink/coral/orange background. The print elements (of Chinese style "Auspicious Objects") fade in and out of the background, giving the piece a painterly feel unlike any other textile we have seen. These Mongolian textiles are very rare and special, the simplified design aesthetic is so modern and striking, this will work in any environment.
Probably intended to work as a wall hanging or door curtain (given the design has been applied to both sides), this could be used as a rug if layered over another, it is thin but in construction identical to a kilim rug, or hung as a tapestry. It is woven in cotton and has a rough texture.
Condition is overall very good. The selvages are original, fraying in places but for the most part intact. The warp threads at the ends are untied/unfinished, originally there would have been a couple more stripes at the top and bottom. It has been cut down at some point probably as a result of damage to the ends. It has been professionally cleaned and the colours are strong and vibrant. There is a stain to the left edge that we have lightened but were unable to fully remove. It is similar in tone to the printed elements so doesn't detract too much. Two small areas of wear to the weft threads on the main field, (the wefts are gone but the warps are still present). Please see images, more here
Formerly the property of renowned theatre director Henry Kiell Ayliff (1871-1949). This is one of a pair consigned for sale by the directors granddaughter. We have the other one, but condition is poorer and we haven't yet looked at restoration options. Please let us know if you would like more information or images.
For similar examples, see Lot 140 Christies Fine European and Oriental Carpets June 2006, and Plate 17 Chinese and Exotic Rugs by Murray Eiland 1979.
Large Antique Mongolian Kilim wall hanging
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