Vintage kilim wall hanging 3 x 5 woven tapestry Southwestern decor tribal wall tapestries

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This rug-slash-wall-hanging is something of a mystery. It came from the estate from a woman who in her 40s, after her children were launched, decided to join the Peace Corps in order to see the world. According to her daughter, who is now in her 50s herself, her mom had always wanted to travel yet knew she couldn't afford to go to the places she longed. She was in Turkey's rural regions and villages, and it is believed that she picked up this rug there, likely in the 1970s or 80s. What is so mysterious about it is that it appears to be unfinished and/or a "second." Normally with Turkish rugs, the back is fairly clean with all knots tied off neatly. In this case, the back is quite messy, with untrimmed ends (see Photo bottom for a close up). There are two theories on this: one is that this rug could have come from someone who was new to rug making, a student or someone self-taught (and in some villages, many of the women and girls who make rugs are self-taught). The other theory is that it was a second, which made it affordable to someone on a very tight budget. Or a combination of those two notions. In any case, it is not represented here as the work of a master weaver. Nonetheless, this piece is beautiful with deep vibrant reds that look great againt black, brown, blue, cream, and touches of pumpkin color and a celery green. It would make a beautiful wall hanging, and yes, it could even be used as a rug, but I suggest a wall hanging due to the fact that that messy back won't be picking up a lot of dust if hung against a wall.

Measures just under 3' by 6' including the fringe, which it has only on one side. In spite of the messy back, it is relatively good condition, having been displayed in the woman's home. Weighs 3.75 pounds unpacked.

Vintage decor with a story.


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