Our Mazandaran kelims designed by Soheila Shayegan Studio, Cyprus, are superior quality flatweaves inspired by old and antique kelims discovered in the province of Mazandaran bordering the Caspian Sea. The aspiration here is simplicity and the result a homage to the art of northern Iranian kelims woven in strips that are then sewn together. The ‘comb’ or ‘intersecting lattice’ design is seen across diverse cultures. What is unusual about this creation is the use of contrasting colours to achieve the ikat-like effect – a floorcovering ideal for the designer market.
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.