Antiker Senneh Kilim
175 cm x 135 cm
Geometric Antiker Senneh Kilim, rusty red with border and Medaillon
|Place of origin|
|Size||175 cm x 135 cm (= 2.36 qm)|
|Material||Weft (tuft): wool (handspun, natural color)|
|Year of manufacture||1910|
|Coloring||rusty red, olive green|
Place of origin
Kilims (also gelim) have traditionally been produced for personal use only. Nomads and farmers used and still use their kilims as rugs on the floor, but also as tent or wall hangings, blankets, cushions or bags. Because kilims were constant companions in everyday life, the patterns, however naive they may seem, always carry a personal message and meaning for the weavers and their families.
In Europe, kilims from Turkey, the Caucasus region, Iran, Afghanistan and the Turkmen cultural area are particularly well-known and popular. In fact, in all countries where rugs are knotted, rugs are also hand-woven. This kilim was hand-woven in the city of Senneh. Today, Senneh is called Sanandaj and is the center of the West Persian province of Kurdistan. In Iran, Sanandaj is famous for its handmade backgammon boards made of walnut root wood, in addition to rugs. Sometimes Senneh rugs are also called Sanandaj rugs today. The Senneh kilims are typically very finely woven.
Kilims are always hand-woven and consist only of warp and weft threads, i.e. they do not have a thick, raised pile. Kilims have the same pattern on both sides and can therefore be used on both sides. The pattern is created by the colorful weft threads that are woven into the warp threads. This antique Senneh Kilim is a collector's item. It is about 110 years old and, therefore, a really special piece. Antique rugs like this Senneh Kilim are still very popular and are sold at top prices by renowned auction houses.
The edge of the rug is decorated with an edging (border). The border forms a excellent contrast to the center.
In the middle of the central field of this Senneh Kilim is the symmetrical center, also called medallion. The design of the field is arranged in such a way that it gives the impression that the medallion is floating on the field.
The abstract, geometric composition creates the simple elegance of this Senneh Kilim. The pattern flatters the design of the room and does not take the attention away from its furniture, decoration and architectural elements. It creates a pleasant atmosphere without dominating the style of the room.
The background of this Senneh Kilim is rusty red. The border features gray beige and olive green. The gray beige center combines the colors off white and rusty red.
You are not the first to enjoy this Senneh Kilim. It has had owners before you, who have cherished and used it. It was hand woven about 1910 and has served devotedly ever since. All in all, it is still in good condition and can still bring satisfaction for decades. We have not restored this Senneh Kilim, because we think it is as it is a special charm. If that is what you would like, we will be happy to restore the rug for you, of course.
The technique used to produce the materials of the pile of this Senneh Kilim is over 200 years old. The wool is dyed with natural colors and spun by hand. Dyeing with natural or vegetable dyes is more complicated, expensive and time-consuming than dyeing with chemical dyes. For a bright red, for example, you would need about one kilogram of ground madder root per kilogram of wool as dye. For a strong, not too pale yellow, you would need two kilograms of the dye madder per kilogram of wool. Also spinning wool is time-consuming and labor-intensive. In addition, fewer and fewer people are able to hand spin wool.
But the effort is worth it: By dyeing with natural dyes, the high-quality wool retains its natural fat content. Wool dyed with natural colors and spun by hand creates fascinating, iridescent patterns. The charm of hand-spun wool with its slight irregularities and natural hues unfolds as a contrasting element in modern interiors, but also in rooms that are furnished in a more traditional or country house style.