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Kilims for Every Occasion

Posted on 21 March 2014

Kilim rugs are becoming increasingly popular, they are very recognisable and are easily distinguished from other types of rugs and carpets because they are flatwoven, meaning that they have no pile. This makes them less soft to the touch, but the slit-woven method ensures very sharp geometric designs and symbols, making them very eye-catching, stylish and never out of date. They are most commonly made from wool, and can be a range of fabulous bright colours or calmer, earthy tones, or sometimes a mix of the two.


Traditional kilims such as those above are well known for their geometric patterns, many of which have meanings. These motifs can be regarded as words or phrases if the person knows enough about the origins of the rug, traditionally they can tell stories which can be identified through the various shapes and symbols that are used and how they are integrated into the overall pattern. Depending on the region, the cultural meanings of the symbols can differ, although some symbols are more universal.

 

Kilim symbols source


Nowadays, kilims are very popular in the western world, and many are made in Turkey and Afghanistan for export. Due to this popularity, we are now seeing many different styles of kilims being produced, some of which are worlds apart from the traditional patterns and styles that we are used to. These contemporary rugs are made in the same way, often by the same people, but use completely new ideas. Another type that we are seeing is patchwork rugs, which we have seen in Persian rugs before, but which are made of different kilims. The contrast of patterns and colours can look simply stunning when paired with the right décor.


Kilims are also being used in other household items, and we are seeing the traditional bright patterns also being used for cushion and stool coverings (which we have a selection of), other furniture and even for shoes and bags. To find out more about kilims, you can read our other blog post here.

 

 

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