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Name of Object:

Picture postcard, Greetings from Pirot

Location:

Belgrade, Serbia

Holding Museum:

Museum of Applied Art

Date:

Not later than 1903

Type of object:

Postcard

Museum Inventory Number:

20762

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Autotype

Dimensions:

H: 8.8cm, W: 13.8cm

Workshop / Movement:

National Printers

Provenance:

Pirot

Description:

A picture postcard with the Cyrillic inscription Pozdrav iz Pirota (Greetings from Pirot) shows a woman from Pirot weaving a kilim, with a child standing by her side. Pirot, a town in south-eastern Serbia, was an important centre of kilim weaving in the Balkans. Pirot kilims were woven on vertical looms (as the one shown in the picture) with a slit weave technique (klečanje), which renders both front and back of a weave even and identical. It took one to ten weavers to weave a kilim, depending on its dimensions. The kilims were made of fine, thinly and evenly spun wool which, until 1880’s, was exclusively processed at homes. One of their major characteristics are the studied coloristic effects, achieved by choice and distribution of colours. Natural herb dyes were replaced by the aniline ones at the beginning of the 20th century.

How date and origin were established:

Ref. Perać, J., Razglednice u Srbiji 1895–1914 = Postcards in Serbia 1895–1914, Belgrade: Museum of Applied Art, 2009.

How Object was obtained:

Purchased in 1987

Selected bibliography:

Perać, J., Razglednice u Srbiji 1895–1914 = Postcards in Serbia 1895–1914, Belgrade: Museum of Applied Art, 2009.
Vitković-Žikić, M., Pirotski ćilimi = Les Kilims de Pirot, Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 2001.

Citation of this web page:

Draginja Maskareli "Picture postcard, Greetings from Pirot"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2017. http://www.discovercarpetart.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;sb;Mus31;4;en

Prepared by: Draginja Maskareli

MWNF Working Number: RS1_004