St Gallen: Mazandaran-Kelim-Exhibition extended

Aktualisiert: Apr 29




The flatweaves from the Iranian province of Mazandaran are known for their variety of stripes and colour combinations. Kilim expert Werner Weber travelled to the region in 2008 and found flatweaves the likes of which he had never seen before. These textiles were kept in chests of poor farming families in the Hezar-Jerib region, the land of a thousand valleys. These kilims, usually very large and woven in panels, were made at the beginning of the 20th century and all seem to be unused. The inhabitants of the area were not able or did not want to comment on their function or the intricate technique, which involved shimmering colour transitions.


The Historisches Museum St. Gallen (Switzerland) is showing these kilims in an exhibition for the first time. Due to the current situation, the exhibition has now been extended until the end of January 2021.