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Vintage Hezar Jerib Panels

The FJ Hakimian collection of sophisticated vintage kilim panels has been expertly assembled to create striking and functional designs perfectly suited to 21st-Century tastes and lifestyles. 

Hezar Jerib kilims are deceptively simple. The constrained designs of wide or narrow stripes, most often in subtle monochromes, are achieved using particularly lustrous and supple handspun wool from mountain sheep. The unique dyes are made from local plants and insects, using recipes that have been passed down for generations, and create a beautiful variety of muted yet deep and rich natural tones.

Another distinctive feature of these refined constructions is the subtle color transitions that add depth and visual interest and generate a remarkable dynamism and complexity that complements the minimal compositions. This visual subtlety has led artists and scholars to compare the weavings to the Color Field painting of 20th-Century artists such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.  In fact, Hezar Jerib kilims have been hung in European art galleries as “undiscovered minimalism” and continue to be recognized as works that share the subtlety and craft of the finest examples of postwar Modernism. They are masterpieces of serene and substantial beauty. 

And yet the origin of these kilims is far removed from the international art world. 

The panels were woven in the remote mountainous district of Hezar Jarib, in the Mazandaran province on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran. This region has remained unchanged for centuries, with villagers living as their ancestors did millennia ago. Due to the remoteness of the region, the weaving tradition has had a separate development, both aesthetically and technically, than other Persian kilim traditions. The geographical isolation means that the weavers must make do with their limited resources. This is an art of aesthetic and material economy.

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The FJ Hakimian collection of sophisticated vintage kilim panels has been expertly assembled to create striking and functional designs perfectly suited to 21st-Century tastes and lifestyles.  Hezar Jerib kilims are deceptively simple. The constrained designs of wide or narrow stripes, most often in subtle monochromes, are achieved using particularly lustrous and supple handspun wool from mountain sheep. The unique dyes are made from local plants and insects, using recipes that have been passed down for generations, and create a beautiful variety of muted yet deep and rich natural tones.

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