Band-e Amir kilim
Band-e Amir kilim
If you are interested in ordering this beautiful kilim, do email us with your enquiry. We will be able to let you know the lead time for any production as the situation in Afghanistan is ever changing.
We are showcasing three stunning kilim designs from ISHKAR, all made using traditional methods in Afghanistan. Although the making process is ancient, the finished design has a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. This design is inspired by and is named for the deep blue, interlocking lakes of Band-e Amir, a national park located in the Bamiyan Province of central Afghanistan.
Our values and this specific product:
- Natural materials
- Minimal waste, pollutants and emissions
- Conserving traditions
- Community engagement
Please note that no two kilims are ever identical, they are characterised by slight irregularities that are typical of handmade pieces.
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 a rich tradition of kilim weaving in Badghis, the women were specifically trained to weave these modern designs.
Each is handmade individually in an ancient and traditional way.
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 type of wool is named for the Afghan province of Ghazni which is known for its lush, green pastures. Grazing on this rich food source gives the sheep's wool its softness. It's also naturally a very pure shade of white, making it easy to create vibrant colours from natural dyes. These sheep create a long fleece which gives a longer wool fibre, creating a yarn that is considered one of the world's finest for rugs and carpets.