This is an archetypical Persian tribal kelim with its multicoloured triangular motifs in a plethora of colours and executions, here on a multicoloured ground. Weavings such as this one served as inspiration for SoFar SoNear, Milan, the designers of our Bauhaus meets Ghashgha’i Collection, to draw parallels between Persian tribal weaving art and that of the Bauhaus movement. Highland wool from the Zagros Mountains, hand-carded and hand-spun, is used to weave these kelims that are woven in three strips and then sewn together. Designed by Soheila Shayegan Studio, Cyprus for Zollanvari.
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.