Nellie Marks – Sandhills – Kilim (M)


These beautiful woollen embroideries work equally well as floor rugs and wall hangings making superb statement pieces with color, warmth and texture.

Designed by Nellie Nakamarra Marks of Western Desert NT and hand embroidered by Kashmiri artisans

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Composition: Hand dyed wool and cotton
Size: 91 x 152 cm (36 x 60 inches)

NB: the fold marks/creases are from the kilim being folded, they can be ironed out, see below.


  • Hand embroidered/chain-stitched
  • All natural fibres – embroidered wool on cotton canvas
  • Fair Trade certified
  • Limited edition – individually numbered
  • Certificate of Authenticity supplied with each kilim
  • Royalties paid to the artist/family on every sale
  • Hard wearing
  • Back has non-slip surface
  • Each kilim has flap on the rear for ease of hanging with dowel/rod
  • Matching cushion covers are also available

Chain-stitched kilims are a traditional rug making technique from Kashmir. As people sat on the floor they were both homewares and decoration. As many artworks are painted on the ground or 3D surfaces/bodies most of the images do not have a set orientation so can also be hung portrait or landscape if preferred.

About the artist: Nellie Nakamarra Marks

Nellie was born in 1976 in the Kintore region located within the Northern Territory. She a Luritja (language) woman and the younger sister of the renowned Central Australian artist Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra.

Nellie was taught to paint by various members of the desert art movement. Born in Papunya and growing up in the Western Desert, Nellie’s greatest artistic influences include the acclaimed artists Old Mick Namararri, Turkey Tolson and Uta Uta.

About the design: Sandhills

This piece depicts the network of Tali (Sandhills) that run along vast areas of Nellie’s home country in the western desert, as well as the rockhole that can be found here – this is called Kalimpinpa. These Sandhills are set in parallel rows depending on the direction of the winds that have formed them. The valleys between these dunes can be either very productive and support a wider range of edible plants, medicines and wild life. Other areas can be remarkably barren, depending on the amount of water that has built up here and the quality of the soil.Knowledge of these vast areas of sandy country is an integral part of day to day living in this rugged environment. Being rather high, it is often impossible to see what kind of country lies beyond each hill. The elders of these areas have travelled through this country often enough that they very aware of which places can offer sources of food, water, medicine and shelter – and this knowledge is passed down from generation to generation.Nellie was commissioned by the FabAlice Festival in Alice Springs to paint a rainbow artwork for their launch party, which was held at Yubu Napa Art Gallery in September 2018. We showed Nellie the Pride Flag and asked her if she could create a beautiful painting using the colours of the flag. Being a creative woman, Nellie used the colours to tell her Tali Story in this vibrant palette of colour. This design was a lot of fun for Nellie to take inspiration from and she has continued to experiment with these colours.

Do not put place/use in direct sunlight or colors may fade. Dry cleaning recommended. Can be ironed gently on the front of the rug using a steam wool setting or a steamer.

About the Better World Arts chainstitch kilim products
These beautiful, unique textiles are a cross-cultural collaboration combining Aboriginal designs and traditional Kashmiri rug-making techniques. Chain stitched, using hand dyed wool, each is a completely handmade piece. A more empowering way to work, this brings many direct benefits to the artists’ and their community. Control and ownership of intellectual property are also maintained. Purchase of these products guarantees a direct return to the Aboriginal artist and their community.


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