MWNF Thematic Galleries

MWNF Portal

 © Muzej primenjene umetnosti, Beograd

Name of Object:

Kilim, Zorić’s pattern


Belgrade, Serbia

Holding Museum:

Museum of Applied Art


Early 20th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool; weaving


H: 206cm, W: 143cm




Pirot kilims were presented in many exhibitions abroad among which was the World Fair (Exposition Universelle) in Paris in 1900. For this occasion, engineer Svetozar Zorić, a professor at the Belgrade Higher School (future University of Belgrade), designed a pattern which was named after him Zorić’s pattern (Zorićeva šara). Different Pirot kilim patterns designed for 1900 Paris World Fair were exhibited in Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment in Belgrade in 1899. The exhibited patterns expressed the search for the national style inherent to arts of that period. This kilim, decorated with Zorić’s pattern, belongs to šestak (a kilim of six square ells) type, which was used as a cover for bed or wall. The colours used are: red, green, yellow, white and black.

How date and origin were established:

By stylistic analysis, material and technique; through historical research

How Object was obtained:

Purchased from the Auction House Madl'Art in 2003

Selected bibliography:

Maskareli, D., "Rug (Kilim), Zorić’s pattern", in I. Zorić (ed.), Novo u kolekcijama: Akvizicije 2001–2010 = New in the Collections: Acquisitions 2001–2010, Belgrade: Museum of Applied Art, 2010: 62–63.
Vitković-Žikić, M., Pirotski ćilimi = Les Kilims de Pirot, Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 2001.
Petković, M., and Vlatković, R., Pirotski ćilim [Abstract in English], Belgrade: Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti, 1996.
Stojanović, D., Pirotski ćilimi [Summary in English], Belgrade: Muzej primenjene umetnosti, 1987.

Citation of this web page:

Draginja Maskareli "Kilim, Zorić’s pattern"  [db_in_citation_dca]  2018.;DCA;sb;Mus31;13;en

Prepared by: Draginja Maskareli

MWNF Working Number: RS1_013

On display in

MWNF Galleries



As PDF (including images) As Word (text only)