Milli Surood Kilim

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The Milli Surood Kilim is spun from raw wool and is part of a new collaboration between ISHKAR and Norwegian Refugee Council

Inspired by the soundwaves of the Afghan anthem, this kilim has been finely handwoven in the Badghis province of Afghanistan, combining contemporary design with age-old techniques.

Size: 140cm x 200cm

If you are prepared to wait, they can also be made to order at a custom size. Please email to enquire. 


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Please note that no two kilims are ever identical, they are characterised by slight irregularities that are typical of handmade pieces.  


  • We will be happy to offer a full refund (excluding shipping) on items returned within 14 days of receipt of delivery. 
  • Returned items must be unworn, unwashed and undamaged products purchased directly from 
  • Proof of purchase is required. 
  • For defective, damaged or incorrect items, please notify us within five days of delivery in order to receive a refund/exchange.
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The Design

This kilim was exclusively designed for ISHKAR by Lapis Communications. Milli Surood is the name of the Afghan national anthem. The anthem has been translated into this kilim as a symbol of unity in Afghanistan at a time when the country faces increasing division. 

Photo by Lorenzo Tugnoli

The Weavers

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) employed 20 people who had been forced to flee to camps in Herat and Qala-e-Naw because of severe drought in their villages. Although there is a rich tradition of kilim weaving in Badghis, the women were specifically trained to weave these modern designs. 

The Wool

 Part of what makes Afghanistan’s kilims so special is the wool they are made from. Each strand of wool is individually spun by hand, giving the kilims great character. With its unusually long strands Ghazni wool is also famously hardwearing, meaning Afghan carpets can survive for centuries.
Anna Law/NRC

The Impact

The income provided from the kilims has two main aims: to provide weavers with money to return home and to help to diversify their income away from agricultural livelihoods which are becoming increasingly at risk due to climate insecurity.