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Vintage Turkish Kilim Vest

120.00 AUD

Fairy chimney rock formations, sunrise hot air balloon rides, subterranean cities, otherworldly hikes… Turkey’s Cappadocia region was a total trip and one of my favourite destinations thus far. But the real highlight for me was discovering Galerie Ikman, a family-owned treasure trove filled with thousands of kilim rugs, pillow cases, vests, floor cushions, saddle bags and more. There I chatted to the owner Bilal for hours about life in Turkey over steaming apple tea as I pawed through his treasures, eventually unearthing this very special vintage kilim vest. Not only was it just one of three kilim vests in the entire store, it was also the only one to have kilim covering the back of the garment too. The fabric – handwoven in the Anatolia region of Turkey using techniques passed down for centuries from generation to generation and including symbolic patterns – is absolutely one of a kind.
Having long held a fascination for Turkish kilim rugs, to have found a wearable version was heaven for me. If it’s your idea of heaven too, and you want to make a colourful statement by throwing this baby over a tee-shirt with jeans, you know what to do.

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Condition: Very good; slight faded patches due to age as seen in photos
Material: Authentic, handwoven, vintage kilim from Turkey; black cotton lining
Size: M (loose fit, so also appropriate for size S)

Pieces featured in Nina’s Bazaar are vintage, pre-loved or handmade one-offs so there may be imperfections which add to the character of each piece.


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