Pillow Case with Anthropomorphic Figures

circa 1900
Gafsa region, Central Tunisia
Silk — Wool
88 x 40 cm
2'10" x 1'3"

An extremely fine pillow case, exquisitely woven in wool with details in silk, decorated by geometric motifs arranged along horizontal compartments. The lower skirt boasts a stunning array of six female figures representing Berber women, the stars of our exhibition. The fact that they are depicted with hands on their hips – just like the elibelinde motif frequently seen on Anatolian kilims – speaks of the universal language at the basis of antique tribal textile art. The outstanding quality of the weave testifies to the immense skill of Berber weavers.

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