How to create a Serbian national pattern: Kilim Pirot ornament (part 2)
Then add small rectangles located at an angle of 45 degrees, as shown in the middle figure, and place small triangles at their ends, as shown in the right figure:
Coloring Element “The Devil’s Knees”
After you smooth and round the corners, you can use the command Edit> Transform> Flip Vertically to complete the shape of the element. Decorate the Devil’s Knees with large triangles in the upper and lower parts of the element and several small triangles in the center, as shown in the figure below.
As you noticed, all elements use the same methods and very simple shapes. Their combination gives a variety of ornaments:
3. Creating a frame and auxiliary elements
Let’s create some frames for the ornament.
Simple frame design
Each pyrite kilim pattern traditionally contains two frames: one is located along the edge of the ornament, the second separates the rim from the central part.
Since the rim and the field contain many decorative elements, frames are usually created in the same color (often black) to visually separate the elements from each other. Frames can be straight or can form simple patterns:
More complex framework
Pirot kilim frames can also have a more complex shape, as in the picture below. The ornament on the right is particularly interesting, as it gives the impression of two connected patterns in contact with each other. These frames are more complex, but they consist of basic geometric shapes, so they can be easily created by step-by-step performing the actions shown in the figure:
We need small parts to fill the space between the larger elements that we recently created. Below are a number of such elements, but you can create your own.
Each of these elements was created by arranging several rectangles and triangles. And then they just smooth out the sharp corners:
4. Connect all the elements in Pirot kilim
You learned about the various parts of Pirot Kilim, we looked at various patterns, created many basic and connecting elements. Now select the ones you like best and put them together in the amazing Pilot kilim!
You can start with the outer frame and gradually move towards the center. Or, first draw a center box, and then add a rim and frames. Remember that the rim and frame do not have to be the same around the perimeter. They can be placed only along the long side of the Pirot kilim, or vice versa – only on the sides.