We are showcasing three stunning kilim designs which are part of a new collaboration between ISHKAR and the Norwegian Refugee Council. Each is handmade individually in an ancient and traditional way, but the finished design has a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. This kilim was inspired by the fields of pomegranates growing across Afghanistan. Anar is the word for pomegranate in Dari.
Size: 140cm x 200cm
Our values and this specific product:
- Natural materials
- Minimal waste, pollutants and emissions
- Conserving traditions
- Community engagement
Part of what makes Afghanistan’s kilims so special is the Ghazni wool from which they are made. Each strand of wool is individually spun by hand, giving the kilims great character. This type of wool is also famously hardwearing, meaning Afghan carpets can survive for centuries.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) employed 20 people who had been forced to flee to camps in Herat and Qala-e-Naw because of severe drought in their villages. Although there is an existing rich tradition of kilim weaving in Badghis, these women were specifically trained to weave these modern designs. The income provided from the kilims has two main aims: to provide weavers with money to return home and to help to diversify their income away from agricultural livelihoods, which are becoming increasingly at risk due to climate insecurity.
Please note that no two kilims are ever identical, they are characterised by slight irregularities that are typical of handmade pieces.