Milli Surood kilim Rug Ishkar
Milli Surood kilim Rug Ishkar
Milli Surood kilim Rug Ishkar
Milli Surood kilim Rug Ishkar

Milli Surood kilim

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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 is Afghanistan is ever changing.

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.

Size: 140cm x 200cm

This kilim was exclusively designed for ISHKAR by Lapis Communications. The design was inspired by the formation of soundwaves created by the Afghan national anthem, called the Milli Surood. The idea was to create a kilim that could be a symbol of unity in Afghanistan at a time when the country faces increasing division. The layout of the soundwaves has been translated as this sketchy, linear, multicoloured design. 

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 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.

balls of wool 

Composition: 100% wool. 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, and the 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.

boy running on mountain road amongst green hills in Afghanistan

Please note that no two kilims are ever identical, they are characterised by slight irregularities that are typical of handmade pieces.