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KILIM RUGS UK: Find the hidden meaning

Posted on 28 March 2015
Searching ‘Kilim rugs uk’? Well you found them…

But do you know the value and the meaning of a kilim rug? If not, it is worth taking a minute to read Anika’s story, which reveals the secret hidden value of a kilim rug…

“That year the winter was particularly cold. Anika was complaining about the weather all the time. At night some people of the tribe could not sleep because of the frosting air. They were living in Iran. Many think of Iran as a warm country, but in some regions winter can be particularly harsh.
In the tribe the rudimentary heating system was running for only a few hours at a time in an attempt to save wood. Wood was one of the more precious materials, along with the wool used for weaving. Women were forbidden to light the fire during the day until the men of the tribe returned. But Anika was a rebel.

She couldn’t accept the lack of consideration for women. After all, women were taking care of the camp and honouring the ancient weaving art, whilst also having to bear the extra cold felt because of their less active lifestyle. The men, on the other hand, were kept warm during the day by their physical activities like hunting and searching for natural resources.
Weaving was a duty undertaken exclusively by the women. They enjoyed it and were proud of what they created. The artefacts produced were used inside the tribe, but some items were sold. Therefore women played a fundamental role in the tribe economy.

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Despite the low temperature, Anika was spending most of her time weaving a Jajim - a particular type of kilim rug. She wanted to finish it before the spring so she could start her new life as a woman.

You see, weaving a rug represented the passage from childhood into womanhood. As a result, creating a beautiful, bold and remarkable kilim was extremely important.

So important in fact that Anika felt compelled to unpick it whenever she found a row that didn’t quite match. By midwinter her hands were like two ice cubes and weaving was becoming increasingly painful. Conditions were so difficult that many of the other women decided to dedicate less time to weaving.

Finally spring arrived and thanks to her persistence and determination Anika’s kilim was complete. Her rug was so beautiful that an Irish tourist offered to buy it for a generous sum of money.

Now a woman, Anika agreed to sell the kilim and made her first true economic contribution to the tribe.”

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The buyer was fascinated by the harmony of the Jajim: the width of each single stripe follows a certain rhythm within the composition, with larger strips at the edges reducing gradually as they occupy a more central position.

Kilim rugs uk: Jajim’s features

Anika’s rug is part of the kilim family, the exact name is Jajim. The Jājim (جاجیم) or chador-shab (چادرشب) rug is flat woven. Here are their distinctive features that make them easy to distinguish at first sight:

• Kilims are made from silk and wool.
Rough before use, the fabric very softens with use.
• Motifs usually follow a geometrical pattern, most often checks.
• Within the tribes it is used as a blanket.

Now you know more about the cultural value of kilim rugs we hope you will appreciate them as much as we do.




Photo courtesy of www.irangashttour.com

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