Zig Zag Rug
Hand-woven kilim from the Usak region of Anatolia. Origin is mid- 20th century, exact date unknown.
One of our favorite flat weave rugs, the natural base and neutral striped tones make it easy to layer into any room.
The zig zag design is the predominant motif. This shape signifies running water, associated with purification, renewal and life itself. The secondary interpretation of the motif (straight lines with smaller straight lines attached) are often interpreted as fertility. The smaller stand alone lines that cross is the comb, largely related with marriage and birth. It is used to express the desire for getting married and to protect birth and marriage against evil eye. The Burdock also helps avoid the evil eye. The use of these themes dates back to very early times.
You can purchase the rug online but it does not include shipping.
If you need a shipping quote please contact us at [email protected]
If the rug is going to NYC we can provide free ground transportation for pickup in the West Village.
The Kilim rug has been woven by the women of Anatolia for hundreds of generations dating back thousands of years. Turkish mothers passed down the tradition to their daughters. Collectives of woman would work together to create these beautiful heirlooms.
One of the most fascinating traditions is the inclusion of geometric symbols and motifs found in every rug. The weavers would add these symbols to every rug. Sometimes it was to personalize the rug for the recipient, sometimes to add their own personal touch with information about the weavers, and sometimes the markings were based on things in the geographic area. Common symbols include protection, family, children and matrimony.
These ancient shapes are still used today and help translate the origin story of historical and heritage pieces passed down through the generations.