Wood Wall Art Panel from Kilim Collection with Wolf's Mouth Motif
The motif “Wolf’s Mouth” is also known as wolf’s trace or monster mouth. This motif is stylized wolf mouth and wolfs foot shape. Wolves are symbols of optimism and protection. As they can see well in darkness, its believed that they represent light and sun. Wolf's mouth is a protection motif in Anatolian weavings.
Similar to understandings in modern day psychology, Turkish people chose to embrace and go through their fears rather than avoiding them. The old people, using this method, have carried a piece from wolf, scorpion or snake on them. They thought it would protect them when they carried wolves' fur, scorpions' tail, snakeskin, and so on.
Hence they used motifs such as wolves on their daily furniture and believed that this would protect them from wild animals. In areas where animal husbandry is intense, this motif is frequently found in kilim weavings.
Wolf’s Mouth motif is made up of 96 separate pieces of wood. There are two different types of wood: Ash, Thermowood. They are glued together on an MDF panel.
There is no dye and stain involved. You see the natural colors of different types of wood. Wood has been finished with natural wax.
Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, materials, dimensions, and color may vary slightly.