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85/1903 Kilim, wool, slit tapestry weave, made in Konya, Central Anatolia (Turkey), 1850-1870. Click to enlarge.

Konya kilim, central Anatolia, 1850-70

This large and strikingly handsome kilim from the Konya region of Central Anatolia (Turkey) was woven using the slit tapestry technique, which is characteristic of Turkish flat weaves. The rug was woven in two halves which were then joined together lengthways down the centre, a common strategy for producing large kilims on the narrow Anatolian looms. The rug may have been used as a room divider or bench cover.

This design of the rug is bold amd simple and it is woven in the bright colours …


Object No.


Object Statement

Kilim, wool, slit tapestry weave, made in Konya, Central Anatolia (Turkey), 1850-1870

Physical Description

A large flatweave, weft-faced rug woven in two halves in slit tapestry technique and stitched together lengthwise. Discontinuous multicoloured wool wefts, with supplementary weft outlining, create a highly stylised carnation pattern in the field on the white wool warp, with a reciprocal comb design separating the field from wide borders. At either end, the undyed warp ends are twisted and knotted to form a fringe.



3955 mm


1765 mm





This large flatweave weft-faced rug was woven in slit tapestry technique, in which multicoloured discontinuous wool wefts cover the off-white wool warp and create the pattern. The design is characteristic of the Konay area of Central Anatolia, now Turkey. The field features deep bands of highly stylised carnation motifs in green, tan, red and white on a brown ground with accents in yellow, blue, red and tan. A reciprocal comb design divides the field from the wide similarly-patterned borders in the same colours, with narrow end borders composed of half the border motifs. Throughout, the motifs are highlighted by supplementary weft outlining in contrasting colours. As is typical of large Anatolian kilims, the rug was woven in two halves and stitched together lengthwise, while the undyed warp ends have been twisted and knotted to form a fringe.



The Konya kilim was woven in Central Anatolia between 1850 and 1870. It was purchased from Ross and Irene Langlands of Nomadic Rug Traders, Pyrmont, in 1985.


Credit Line

Purchased 1985

Acquisition Date

24 September 1985

Cite this Object


Konya kilim, central Anatolia, 1850-70 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <>


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