Kilims

Kilims as a source of inspiration have got to be, at a glance, the most boring carpet weaves ever. The pseudo geometric designs coupled with the pastel hues are so not my cuppa tea. On a keener observation however (the second years had to use kilim designs as a source for their prints recently) one discovers that the repetitive motives form a sort of an optical illusion; which would have been mind boggling had the colour palette not been controlled.

So what exactly are kilims? Kilims known as the flat-woven carpets are used as cradles for babies, as the most beautiful part of the trousseau of a young girl, as floor coverings, wall hangings and sometimes as a sack to store grain or clothes in. The roof and the walls of the home of a nomad are made of kilims. Hundreds of colours, dancing on a kilim, are the expression of nature, dream, hope and love. Once you learn the alphabet of a kilim you can read it as if it is an antology of folk tales. It is not necessary to talk about the designs of a kilim it is upto your understanding of beauty and art.