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  • Shahsavan Tribe
  • kilim, date unknown
  • Where object was made: Kurdistan (present-day Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey)
  • weaving, wrapped threads
  • Object Length/Width: 414.02 x 154.94 cm
    Object Height/Width: 163 x 61 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.0803

Kurdish kilim rug with a rectangle in the center and a border on all four sides. There are three diamond shapes in the center in a line. Around each are borders which conform to the shape in white, red, and brown with geometric motifs. The diamond shapes have zigzags in red, white, and brown. The outside border has white, red, brown, and yellow shapes that repeat. It is made of two pieces sewn together, many yarn ends are left loose on the underside making a shaggy appearance.