Neriz Pushtu Kilim Silkscreen Print Series

This Neriz Pushtu Kilim silkscreen print series includes three sets of four 18″ x 16″ prints. One set is is red brick, green, and black on white. Another is in red, blue, yellow, and black on white. A third is in red, blue, yellow, gray, and black on white. Our source for this pattern was a fine kilim bridge connecting a pair of Neriz pushti, Southwestern Iran, ca. 1890. Photographed at a Skinner auction, Boston, April 2019.

Pushti are small rugs or pile mats measuring no more than 2 x 3 feet. They are often used to make carrying bags. Connecting two pushti with a bridge of flat weave material transforms them into saddle bags.

Fars Carpets

Neriz is a city in Fars Province, in southwestern Iran. Most Fars carpets come from cities such as Shiraz, Neriz, Abadeh, and Bulvardi. They also include Qashqai and Khamseh carpets, as well as weavings in surrounding villages.  Carpet weaving in this province dates back to more than twelve centuries. Hand-woven rugs and carpets are therefore an important symbol of the region. The nomadic lifestyle of the people has had a major impact on the design of carpets from this region. Traditional motifs often have a geometric and symmetrical structure.

Our goal with respect to this Neriz Pushtu Kilim silkscreen print series was to experiment both with reproducing a textile feel as well as an abstract element in the print process. Thus, in the first two sets, the blank white field in the middle makes the prints more abstract. By contrast, the third set the grey print layer creates more of a textile feel.