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Geometric Ivory  Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x8

Geometric Ivory Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x8

8' 2'' X 5' 11'' $711 $299
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Geometric Brown Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

Geometric Brown Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

12' 0'' X 9' 0'' $2,013 $845
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Geometric Kilim Dhurrie Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

Geometric Kilim Dhurrie Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

11' 9'' X 9' 3'' $420 $176
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Geometric Ivory Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Rug Wool 3x5

Geometric Ivory Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Rug Wool 3x5

5' 0'' X 3' 1'' $161 $68
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Floral Ivory Kilim Chinese Needle-Point Hand-Woven Area Rug 8x10

Floral Ivory Kilim Chinese Needle-Point Hand-Woven Area Rug 8x10

9' 7'' X 7' 6'' $730 $306
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Modern Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 5x7

Modern Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 5x7

7' 1'' X 5' 5'' $711 $299
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Modern Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x8

Modern Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x8

7' 10'' X 5' 8'' $915 $384
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Modern Blue Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

Modern Blue Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

9' 8'' X 8' 5'' $1,426 $599
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Modern Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x8

Modern Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x8

8' 0'' X 5' 9'' $1,426 $599
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 7x10

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 7x10

9' 8'' X 6' 9'' $1,096 $460
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 7x10

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 7x10

9' 7'' X 6' 10'' $1,280 $537
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x9

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 6x9

9' 3'' X 6' 1'' $915 $384
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Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 4x6

Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 4x6

6' 0'' X 4' 1'' $546 $229
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

9' 8'' X 8' 3'' $1,096 $460
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

9' 10'' X 8' 2'' $1,096 $460
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x11

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x11

11' 2'' X 8' 2'' $1,096 $460
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

13' 5'' X 10' 0'' $2,172 $912
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Modern Kilim Indian Oriental Hand-Knotted Area Rug Wool 8x11

Modern Kilim Indian Oriental Hand-Knotted Area Rug Wool 8x11

11' 3'' X 8' 5'' $1,274 $535
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x14

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x14

14' 4'' X 10' 4'' $1,445 $607
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x14

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x14

13' 9'' X 9' 11'' $2,176 $914
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

13' 0'' X 9' 11'' $2,172 $912
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

11' 10'' X 9' 1'' $1,809 $760
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Geometric Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

Geometric Kilim Turkish Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

12' 0'' X 9' 3'' $1,830 $768
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 9x12

11' 10'' X 9' 2'' $1,809 $760
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Geometric Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x14

Geometric Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x14

13' 11'' X 9' 10'' $1,831 $769
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Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

Modern Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

12' 8'' X 10' 5'' $1,281 $538
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Stripe Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

Stripe Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 10x13

12' 6'' X 10' 1'' $1,648 $692
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Stripe Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 12x16

Stripe Kilim Turkish Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 12x16

15' 10'' X 12' 0'' $2,728 $1,146
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Kilim Durie Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

Kilim Durie Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

10' 3'' X 8' 0'' $363 $152
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Kilim Durie Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

Kilim Durie Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

10' 2'' X 8' 3'' $363 $152
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Kilim Durie Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

Kilim Durie Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

9' 11'' X 7' 11'' $363 $152
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Floral Grey Kilim Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

Floral Grey Kilim Indian Oriental Hand-Woven Area Rug Wool 8x10

10' 1'' X 8' 0'' $548 $230

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Handwoven Kilim Rugs: Turkish Weaving with a Storied History

Kilim rugs are a handmade, flat-woven carpet with no piles or knotted fluff. Although the word kilim is of Turkish origin, kilim rugs have been made in Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Morocco, the Balkans and Scandinavia, proving the flat-weaving technique spread far. Because these antique rugs are found across the globe, each region has a different pronunciation and spelling of the name Kilim.

Most experts believe kilims originated in the Anatolia region of modern day Turkey. The earliest examples of kilim rugs date back as far as the 4th century AD, although there is evidence the flat-weave technique probably began at about 1,000 BC in Egypt.

Qashgahii kilims from the Zagros region, along with Turkoman and baluch kilims from eastern Iran and central Asia, are among the styles now highly coveted by those who buy kilim rugs.

Construction

The techniques used to make vintage kilim rugs have changed little over the centuries. Whereas a pile rug is made by knotting short strands of different color onto warps and held together by pressing the wefts tightly against each other, the design of a Kilim rug is made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps.

The simple interlocking strands of wool, hair or fiber requires no backing, so Kilim carpets are thinner than traditional Persian rugs and Oriental rugs, making them popular as tapestries or use as bed coverlets.

The Distinctive Motifs and Colors of Kilim Carpets

Common motifs found in Kilim carpets include serrated leaf elements, zig-zag crenellations, shield medallions, diamond borders, and geometric designs. Many of the geometric motifs in kilims – “ramshorn” motifs and serrated medallions or “ashiks” – traveled with nomads as they spread to the Middle East. Elements such as perennials, pomegranates and fronds are popular in modern kilim carpets and vintage kilims alike.

The wide-ranging palette of reds, greens, oranges, and browns in antique Kilim carpets demonstrate the quality of dyes early Anatolian weavers had at their disposal. Many traditional kilim rugs feature warm, muted colors as the primary hues, with cooler tones used to create points of contrast.

The flat-weaving technique used to make Kilim rugs makes it difficult to produce continuous separations of color, so Kilims often have a stepped or crenelated appearance.

A Traditional Kilim Was Practical Before It Was Decorative

Woolen kilims are known for their strength and versatility. Long before Kilims became decorative pieces, tribal communities used them as floor coverings; as bedding or clothing; as horse blankets; for storage of grains; or draped as a shelter against the weather.

Lightweight and easy to transport, Kilims are especially popular in rug-weaving centers with warm climates, where shaggy rugs were not needed to keep warm.

Buying Antique Kilim Rugs and Contemporary Kilims

For many decades, antique Kilim rugs were considered artifacts of primordial tribal design unaffected by the influence of high art or foreign culture. Once overlooked as low status items, antique Kilims are now cherished as examples of the authentic weaving tradition of the Middle East.

We pride ourselves on a distinctive collection of Kilims. For those interested in buying vintage Kilim rugs, our collection of antique carpets offers an extraordinary range of designs and colors. We also carry a vast selection of more modern Kilims for the contemporary home. Shop online or contact us at our Charlotte, North Carolina location to shop for kilim carpets that reflect your style.