A Senneh kilim, Number 53674 298x213

Kurd weavers produce wonderful flat weaves. They are commonly known as "Seneh" kilims. The beauty of these kilims is terrific due to not only the mastery of the weavers but also the materials that the weavers use. Kurds are mountain people, and they are so known since the early empires of Mesopotamia. Their primary production has historically been wool. Due to the mountainous pasture, they herd their sheep in, the wool they produce is of extraordinary quality. The wool's oily nature creates a robust lustrous yarn similar to silk. More importantly, the ladies of the area are masters of hand carding and hand spinning the raw wool into yarn with fantastic quality that give the kilims and rugs of the area a unique texture and look. 

The kilim here is a superb example of such kilims. It has an unusual pattern that the weaver has created spontaneously as weaving the rug.

Wool on a cotton base.