Joint issue of Algeria and Serbia depicting gorgeous carpets

October 12th, 2014 is glad to inform that a joint stamp issue between two countries dedicated to the deepening and enriching relationships has been prepared for issuing. Algeria and Serbia, have found a common point of their cultural heritage in the field of ethnography, which involves weaving crafts. The issue consists of two stamps that depict two types of carpets produced by these countries.

The Serbian Post depicts Pirot carpet (kilim). It refers to a variety of flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs traditionally produced in Pirot, a town in southeastern Serbia. Pirot kilims with some 122 ornaments and 96 different types have been protected by geographical indication in 2002. They are one of the most important traditional handicrafts in Serbia.

Algerian region has its own style of carpets. They differ in their patterns and colours but their compositions are quite similar. Generally, carpets are made with sheep wool, sometimes mixed with goat hair to get more robust thread. The stamp depicts the carpet produced in Kalâa Beni-Rached.

The main difference between a carpet and kilim is in their sizes, all larger than two meters weaving carpets are known and are used as ground cover, while the kilims are shorter and their uses are many.