I recently bought two large (39 in x 19 in) pillows at an estate sale. The seller told me the owner had traveled all over the world and she did not know where these pillows were bought. They are not napped rug but rather tightly woven on a loom using scratchy wool. They are crudely assembled and backed with black woven wool with thing red stripes. Can you help me identify and price these pillows? Thank you very much.
Answer Hi Connie,
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you - I thought I had responded but I guess I forgot to click SEND!
So back to business :)
The pillows were made with pieces of Turkish Kilims (Kilims are flat woven rugs). The kilims themselves dont look to be that old - probably from the last 20 years or so.
The pillows are nice but they dont have much of a resale value - I have seen them go for $50 - $100.
Hope I was able to help and I have also included a couple of links to information I thought you would find interesting:
Thanks so much for the information. I am delighted at the value of my pillows since I paid only $7 as piece for them! Fifty to $100 is a nice profit for me. I am also happy they are Turkish since I just found out my DNA is 9% Turkish or Persian!
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