Unlike a pile rug, a Kilim is a type of textile which consists only of warps and wefts. They are commonly referred to as "flat-weaves" because they have no pile. They have a variety of functions, including floor covering. But because of their suppleness, they are used to make pillows, furniture covers, and other accessories. There are several weaving techniques involved, but many are totally reversible -- unlike a pile rug. Usually Kilims are more tribal or geometric in design and employ bold colors and patterns. They are especially popular in contemporary or more casual settings. Below are some examples of the Kilims you will see in our showroom.
The versatility of Kilim rugs and the variety of their designs and colors are the characteristics that make them especially attractive and adaptable for countless applications in home decoration. The designs of a Kilim will usually be geometric and primitive compared to the detailed floral patterns of some pile rugs. Shown here are some traditional Kilims that can be found in our showroom. These Kilims range in size from a small scatter rug to room size rugs and can be found in a variety of colors and designs.
A Soumak Kilim is a little different from your traditional Kilim. The weft threads are wrapped around the warp threads in a herring-bone style, rather than woven through them. This creates a texture on the rug reminiscent of embroidery, yet thicker and more durable than your traditional Kilim. Ideal for high-traffic areas, Soumaks can be found in small scatter sizes or large area sizes. Shown are 2 detailed pictures of Soumaks found in our showroom.
Other Uses for Kilims
Unlike pile rugs, Kilims lend themselves for use in a variety of ways, including furniture coverings, clothing, wall hangings to name a few. Due to their looser construction and flexibility, Kilims were originally designed for use as functional pieces such as saddlebags, tent coverings, animal trappings and rugs in the hot desert weather, particularly among tribal and nomadic peoples. The production of Kilims requires less labor and fewer materials than pile rugs and are, therefore, more affordable. For this reason, customers and decorators often seek out Kilims for recovering old furniture, a practical alternative due to this relative low cost, as shown in this chair to the left. Shown here are several examples of Kilims used in a variety of ways. These items, as well as many others, can be seen in our showroom. (See also "Accessories" page)