Kilim rugs are one of the best-known traditional flat weaves. Kilim designs are made up by interweaving the weft of a variety of colours, into the warp, that then creates a rug without a pile. They are known for their bold, geometric designs that are traditional and also modern. This style and skill of weaving has been passed down through generations of nomadic tribes over centuries and since been admired by many. They serve not only as a rug but also as wall hangings or coverings. The primary material of a Kilim rug is wool, as wool has good insulating properties and takes on dyes well.
Traditional Kilim Rugs
Originally produced in the geographic regions of Iran and Afghanistan. They traditionally displayed designs that tell the stories of their weavers, often a lot more natural with earthy tones. These designs are created from memory as with all tribal rugs and no map or cartoon is used. Traditionally the dyes would be natural, many from vegetables and fruits. The Quashgai nomadic tribes based in the Fars region of Iran have some of the most popular vintage Kilims, many are now 40-50 years old and the colours have muted beautifully due to the vegetable dyes aging rather than fading.
Modern Kilim Rugs
Inspired by the traditional weaving techniques they bring refinement to every home. Although they are now often produced with modern techniques, elements of their traditional motifs remain preserved. The modern style Kilims that are made mainly in India, tend to be very vibrant in colour and design and today synthetic dyes are used more often as they do not fade as quickly. Kilims are Popular among lovers of interior design, whether placed in the kitchen, Living room or the bedroom. It’s also a great accessory to pop in the car and use it as a picnic blanket!