Kilim Defined

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Kilim rugs add colour and textured personality to your interiors – from your dining room to your living spaces and even your bathroom. Images via

Kilims date back as early as the 4th or 5th century AD in Hotan, China. Like dhurrie rugs, the kilims differ from carpets and pile rugs in that they are not knotted. The warp and weft strands are woven together tapestry-style to create a durable flat-weave. By contrast, in pile rugs, short strands of diverse coloured textiles are knotted onto the warps. The rug’s pattern becomes visible when the individual strands are shorn to create a level surface.

Inject striking colour and dynamic patterns into your interiors courtesy of old-world artisan kilims, crafted from pure new wool and other organic textiles. Image sources from left: via and

Some but not all kilims are reversible. Because of their tight weave and resilience, these rugs are great for high traffic areas such as corridors and living rooms. Indulge in an old-world antique aesthetic with vintage kilims or turn up the volume with contemporary and eclectic styles exploiting geometric patterns.

From left: Rug Culture Nomadic Charm Indian Dart Kilim Rug, Rug Culture Nomadic Charm Haze Kilim Runner Rug, Rug Culture Nomadic Charm Pinwheel Kilim Rug, Rug Culture Nomadic Charm Indian Quatrefoil Kilim Rug and Rug Culture Nomadic Charm Indian Border Kilim Rug, available online at Zanui.

They can also be brocaded and embroidered to add a unique and decorative aspect.

Kilim rugs complement contemporary and classic interior design schemes. Image source via

These awesome rugs are a great way to anchor and add warmth to your room. You can layer, mix and match designs for colourful highlights and cultural accents. They fold down relatively flat for easy storage.

Toasty up your home this winter! You know you want to. 😉

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