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