by Shahseven Tribe
Amiqi: BA Thesis in
Textile Design, Art University, Tehran, 1999
As we don't consider the
tribal hand-woven neither for their application as
cover or carpet, nor on our tribal, religious and
ideological beliefs, these hand-woven appear us as the
astonishing pictures, which prioritize the modern
works of twentieth century.
How tribal women can create such harmony from color
and formation in full seclusion and in hard conditions
of living? Powerful geometrical structure, which has
been created according to the logical succession of
forms and colors, is like a modern painting,
describing the feeling and enthusiasm of their
creators; it shows fancy, imaginary and dreamy world.
These astonished designs, remained from centuries,
provides us a great source of applying form and color.
Represented works, based on the images of Shahseven
kilims, are samples of the application of the kilim's
images in the design of textile of the furniture.
Shahsevens are among the most important tribes of the
northwest of Iran. They have a great variety of image
and color in their hand-woven. These images, Star,
dragon, scorpion, tree of life, flower, birds and
animals reflects nature; these images are used as the
In some kilims, repeated motifs are applied in
horizontal bands and they are separated by narrower
bands with more delicate designs. In some others,
there is just some color bands, with no image. In
others, there is a repeated embossed star-motif-shape
in the middle and there are margins at the four sides.
In the following works, motifs and images have been
arranged in a new combination, with no limitation.
Used colors are all colors applied in kilims,
and just in some works, the design is created with new
These images have symbolic application; some of these
Dragon: god of the weather, guard for "tree of
life", supporter of the secret of the galaxy
Peacock: This is the symbol of good fortune.
Scorpion: The weaver support herself/himself against
this poisoned animal.
Star: It is the sign of happiness, mostly eight-full
(Gouache on Board)
Carpet & Craft