Art Deco Chessboard, Baneh Kelim, Soheila Shayagan Studio, 250x350cm

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This new design by Soheila Shayegan Studio, Cyprus, for Zollanvari’s Art Deco Kelim Collection depicts a ‘chessboard’-like geometry with a minimalist style. The stitching together of the strips creates a ‘polyptych’ that resonates with traditional Persian tribal kelim designs. It combines the Baneh technique of skilfully stitched-together flatweave sections with a new aesthetic spirit: the fusion of the intricate delicacy of ‘minimalist’-inspired Mazandaran kelims with the elegance and formality of Art Deco style. The effect is contemporary and subtle. Available in custom sizes and colours.

Zollanvari ‘minimalist’ kilims are diverse.  Baneh kilims are woven in northern Iran in sections using natural undyed wools in shades of cream and black and then skilfully stitched together.  The one-piece Zagros kilims woven by the Luri and Ghashgha’i nomads of southern Iran are monochromatic.  They have traditional ‘lazy lines’ that form subtle patterns of diamonds and squares.  Maryam kilims, woven by the same tribes, have plain ground colours with repeat motifs hand-embroidered in pure silk, a modernisation awarded Best Innovation at the Domotex CDAs in 2009.  The jewel in the crown of our ‘minimalist’ flatweaves is a collection that draws inspiration from the old and antique Mazandaran kilims that have appeared on the market in the past decade – a truly modern collection.

Mission Statement Zollanvari carpets embody the spirit of Persian carpet design and weaving – an extraordinary art form that has been treasured across the world for more than 2,000 years.