Kilims

Kilims Guide

Kilim rugs are enjoying a revival of popularity throughout the world today. Although no one knows precisely when and where the technique of weaving first started, there is no doubt that the weaving art, in general, started in Central Asia. A popular explosion forced the inhabitants of that area to migrate to the western parts of Asia in order to find more prosperous land. These migrating tribes were called yoruks or nomadic tribes. During their migrations, these nomads, who were exposed to severe weather conditions, learned to use goat hair in the making of their tents. Goat hair is longer and much stiffer than sheep's wool. The flat-weave technique was used in the making of nomadic tents.

Just as with a little girl's braided pony-tail where strands of the shorter and stiffer hair stick out, the goat hair sticks out of the woven fabric, gets wet, drops and partially cover the holes in the flatweave, thus making tent almost waterproof. Later on, these nomadic people felt the need to isolate themselves from the humidity present in the earthen floors of their tents. They then applied the very same techniques of flatweave to the making of of floor coverings and called them "Kilims". Since this was the area of paganism, most flatweave designs reflected stylized depictions of the worshipped symbols.

Kilim rugs is a tapestry rug woven from fairly harsh, thick wool. Kilim artistry is high compared to the price and there is a fantastic variety of Kilim designs. The best prices for kilims are often in long narrow strips rather than room size kilims. As a flatweave kilims are arguably not as practical as some other rugs and have a tendency to pucker up.

Kilim rugs are made by nomadic peoples in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Morocco. Kilims were originally intended as a pliable warm carpet that could be placed on a sandy desert floor and easily packed on a came or horse. Kilim designs represent different tribes and regions. Kurdish kilims are brighter, sometimes mixed with embroidery, and generally cheaper. Turkish kilims feature Mediterranean colors of gold orange and turquoise. Iranian kilims are grounded in burgundy, rust, heavy blues and heavy greens.

Most kilims are reversible, but rarer Kilims have loose ends on the back. Kilims are becoming increasingly valuable.


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Safavieh Kilims
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Safavieh Kilims

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The Kilim Collection is an artful display of bohemian styled flat weave rugs. Each Kilim rug is hand woven using pure soft cotton in the finest traditions of nomadic peoples from the Middle East to Central Asia. Styled with tribal-inspired designs renewed for today's fashionable decor, the sublime patterns and striking colors of Kilim create an eye-catching element ideal for classy-casual or rustic room furnishings. Learn More

Peel Rugs
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Peel Rugs

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When choosing a Peel 100% wool rug, you'll find that depth of design and quality are foremost in every rug we produce-because a Peel quality assurance director has worked beside the master dyers and weavers who made it; ensuring wool quality; monitoring dye colors; guaranteeing meticulous design integrity; overseeing the finest detail. Learn More

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