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Name of Object:

Kilim, paws


Belgrade, Serbia

Holding Museum:

Museum of Applied Art


Second half of the 19th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool; weaving


H: 167cm, W: 124cm




The earliest preserved Pirot kilims date from the late 18th century. Early Pirot kilims were decorated with the so-called endless pattern, by repeating the same motif on the whole surface of the kilim. The motif of paws (kostenice) was used most often for the endless pattern creation. Early examples of kilims decorated with the endless pattern didn’t have a border. The border on the kilim indicates that it dates from the later period. The colours used are: red, blue, green, violet, yellow, orange and white.

How date and origin were established:

By stylistic analysis, material and technique

How Object was obtained:

Purchased in 1980

Selected bibliography:

Cvetković, M., Igra šarenih niti: Kolekcija pirotskih ćilima Etnografskog muzeja u Beogradu, Belgrade: Etnografski muzej, 2008.
Vitković-Žikić, M., Pirotski ćilimi = Les Kilims de Pirot, Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 2001.
Petković, M., and Vlatković, R., Pirotski ćilim [Abstract in English], Belgrade: Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti, 1996.
Stojanović, D., Pirotski ćilimi [Summary in English], Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 1987.

Citation of this web page:

Draginja Maskareli "Kilim, paws"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2018.;DCA;sb;Mus31;6;en

Prepared by: Draginja Maskareli

MWNF Working Number: RS1_006