Carpet and rug specialist Aaron Nejad has been visiting Ukraine for many years to research and study the long history and tradition of kilim weaving in the country. He is currently writing a book on the subject, and in this short article he gives us an enlightening introduction. On his stand at the Spring Fair will be two fine antique examples of Ukrainian kilim weaving.
Kilim weaving is considered an important part of the decorative arts in Ukraine with anecdotal and visual evidence pointing to a tradition stretching back centuries. The famous 10th century Arab traveller, Ahmed Ibn Faldan, described a weaver and her kilim in Ukrainian lands while further early evidence is provided by frescoes in St Cyril’s Monastery in Kyiv with images of kilims dating to the 12th century. Later, kilims appear in portrait paintings and are also mentioned in traditional Ukrainian folk songs.