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  Symbol and Colour 2004    Four centuries of textile art
16. Nov. 2004 - 15. Jan. 2005
bag schasavan

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The exhibition takes us on a journey from the Balkans to north-eastern Persia. You will find kilims of outstanding beauty and importance, from the 17th to 19th century.
A small double bag from the south eastern Caucasus mountains, woven by Shasavan in the 19th century. An exceptionally fine piece in Soumak technique, which has been preserved in perfect condition. This small bag is particularly striking for the brilliant combination of patterns and its bright colours.
The "Sufi" - rug from central Anatolia was knotted by Kurdish women in the Cihan Beyli region in the early 19th century. In a rather naïve and almost playful way, this piece brings to life the Sufi creed with its powerful symbols.
This kilim from North East Persia was woven by Timuri in the region of Khorassan, during the first half of the 19th century. Baluch kilims from the 19th century are very rare. This kilim in bands is of exemplary value because of the remarkable colouring and exceptional patterns such as the swastika motifs in the central band.
A kilim from North West Anatolia (?), of vague origin and region. A typical specimen of striking colours in a powerful 18th century flatweave.
Decorated sacks, horse blankets and other textiles from the 19th and early 20th centuries complete our journey into the past.