Priceless Bosnian Carpets as Part of the Exhibition

April 10, 2018 2:00 PM

“Bosnian and Herzegovinian Carpets” is the title of an exhibition of the National Museum of BiH that you can take a look at in the Gallery of the Municipality of Novi Grad until April 20. The exhibit will be open on working days from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Visitors will be able to take a look at the part of the collection of carpets, praying mats and models made in BH cities of Sarajevo, Foca, Srebrenica, Prozor, Stolac, Ostrozac, Livno and other parts of our country.

The collection has more than hundred samples, and it represents just a small part of a rich collection of ethnographic items that are preserved in the Department for Ethnology of the National Museum of BiH.

According to the number and variety of exhibits, this represents the most valuable collection of carpets in our country. In the past 130 years, the curators of the National Museum of BiH collected the most important examples of carpets, praying mats and models. These exhibits were produced during a long period of time – from the first decades of the 19th to the 80’s of the 20th century.

The carpet is a woven fabric of larger or smaller dimensions, and it serves to cover the floor, sofas and beds, decorating the walls and windows, and for prayer. According to the method of weaving, these carpets can be smooth and shaggy, made up of several parts or from one piece. The weaving of the carpet is performed on a horizontal or vertical weaving device, and it is done by several different techniques.

Handmade production of carpets took place within the work for household needs and workshops, i.e. factory work for the needs of the market. Certain types of carpets were named after their use. Important carpet centres in BiH were Bosanski Petrovac, Prozor, Bjelaj, Ostrozac, Glamoc, Foca, Rogatica, Gacko and Stolac.






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