Kilim with polychrome diamonds

Circa 1880
Veramin plain, Northwest Persia
320 cm x 180
10'6" x 5'10"

What I particularly like about this kilim is the self-confident, over-sized scale of the pattern, allowing us to truly enjoy the totemic character of the complex hooked device enclosed within the honeycomb arrangement of stepped diamonds. The slightly irregular rhythm in the chromatic changes also takes us by surprise, mesmerising us with the abundant touches of greens (of two types), yellows, maroons, indigo blues and madder root reds. Interestingly enough, the weaver had originally decided to adopt a pattern that is more typical of the Veramin plain, but luckily quickly changed her mind, expressing her true soul.

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