First steps in the world of Kilims. I don\u2019t know the rules. I don\u2019t know what to look for. I have no books. And I have no museums to learn from.\nI try to look at the pieces available on the net and with the many great websites I am able to see at least a few hundred in a few days. I\u2019ve read articles on motifs and geography and have absorbed a little of what I have read. Over time, the understanding will seep in.\nSeeing and learning I am exposed to many many wonderful pieces. Am back to my hamster\u2019s wheel of desire \u2013 infinite running with no endpoint ever. EVER. That is the sad truth about desire.\nBut let\u2019s not get too philosophical here. Let\u2019s just keep ourselves firmly planted in the material world \u2013 the one that imprisons us with \u201cmaya\u201d or desire. What a sweet prison it is!\nI am on a high.\nThe search, the incessant demand of the soul for \u2018more more more\u2019 that wont let me sleep.\nThen there\u2019s that sweet moment when I am done with real life and can get back on to the internet and look here there and everywhere for something anything everything that can quench this new obsession \u2026. is all so intoxicating. It is a reason to wake up. It is the reason to stay awake past midnight.\nLife is about phases like these. Life is about delights like these that consume my soul.\u00a0 Life is about these phases of intense fun. Well at least during the rare periods when there are no demands from real life it can be about these pursuits of the soul.\nSo the report card of these past 2-3 days reads:\u00a0 Productivity: 0 | Indulgence: 100\nAnd so with abandon I live this this wild life of abandon on the net clicking any link I feel like, wandering through the world of Kilims.\nI find several pieces that are heart-stoppers.\nThe colors \u2013 the overall way it is put together \u2026 the impact is tremendous.\nBut \u2013 I know nothing about Kilims and so I cling at bits and pieces of information looking for confirmation.\nAt the end of over 20 hours of focused studying (if I can call it that) I find that there are 2-3 pieces that I cannot get out of my head.\nAnd the one that attracted me most was a fragment in which the artist\u2019s wild side can be seen.\u00a0 It has chaos within, yet there is overall order. There is symmetry but within that, at the level of field motifs, there is total freedom \u2013 almost anarchy \u2013 being expressed.\nIt is a piece that I gave my heart to:\n\n\nSymbols of fertility,\u00a0 symbols of protection and male-female synergy all feature in this Kilim!\n\n\nThe motifs are not stiff and mechanical. They are just pure expressions.\n\nThis find makes me so so happy. Even though I know nothing about Kilims. Even though I normally cringe at fragments. I think I have found a gem. It has a chart-breaking \u201csoul\u201d rating in my opinion!\nThe joy comes from two parts \u2013 first the beauty of the piece itself. And second that I was the one with the good fortune to find it.\nThe dealer is in a remote pretty town of Turkey far from the crowds of tourists. An old town with cobbled stone streets. In the long conversation he tells me that business is not good \u2013 making me sad \u2026 for art is always the first casualty of an economic downturn.\nThe story of how he came to acquire it is also as unique as the Kilim: He had used a rug repairer / restorer for 12 years and over time had lent him some money. When the restorer retired, the debt needed to be squared off \u2013 and instead of paying with cash he paid the dealer with this Kilim.\nThis obviously unusual supply chain stream \u2013 makes me think that this piece came out of the restorer\u2019s heirloom pieces only because it was destined to come to me!\u00a0 [It is fun to indulge in fairy tales / delusions sometimes isn\u2019t it?]\nIn any case this Kilim that contains the free spirit of the wild child within the artist \u2026will now travel across thousands of kilometers and dozens of years to delight another wild heart!\nIt will, like many other Kilims of that age, need to be put on a strong backing and conserved. And a safe place will need to be found to show off its beauty and yet to keep it out of harm\u2019s way.\nThis description from here seems to describe this Kilim well especially on account of the white cotton highlights. Collectors familiar with the category, have also suggested the same on forums.\nThis Kilim from Rippon Boswell June 2015 auction is described as Gaziantep 2nd half 9th century.\nThis further confirms the Gaziantep attribution. It is good to know the origin and the age but these details do not really matter once one is smitten by the soul of the piece.\nIt is so easy to fall in love with a new category of textiles! I fear to think what might happen I were to travel to Turkey!!\njm\nMay 2015\nThe post The Wild Child \u2013 Soul of a Kilim appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.