An authentic Oriental rug is an heirloom piece that can be handed down for generations. These stunning, durable works of art are heavy and hand-woven. They fit beautifully into a wide range of decorating schemes and come in many colors and styles.
What Sets Oriental Rugs Apart
Oriental rugs are distinguished by their craftsmanship. Made by highly skilled artisans in locations such as Afghanistan, India or Turkey, each one takes a great investment of time and labor. Even an experienced rug-maker will spend up to six months to create a single 6-foot-by-9-foot Oriental rug. Creators painstakingly stretch individual strands of wool, cotton or silk across looms, weaving them together into designs. As a testament to the vertical looms on which Oriental rugs are made, they look different when viewed from the top instead of the bottom.
Types of Oriental Rugs for Sale at Rug Source
As the largest online retailer of area rugs, Rug Source is pleased to offer a vast collection of discount Oriental rugs. Shop our catalog to explore many options. Online, search by pattern, style, shape, age and size. Find a newer, 10-year-old rug for your living room or an antique runner from before 1900.
Why Buy From Us?
Rug Source is a leading rug importer offering wholesale prices 60 to 70 percent below retail and 30 to 40 percent below competitors’ rates. We guarantee the lowest online prices and offer a 30-day, money-back guarantee on all purchases. We also have a huge selection of high-quality, clean, cheap Oriental rugs for sale.
What to Look for in an Oriental Rug
Finding the right Oriental rug starts with your space. Rugs with a round or diamond motif in the background (also known as a central medallion) could influence how you’re able to position furniture, for example. If you want more freedom to arrange your rooms, you might prefer a piece with an all-over pattern. Likewise, pay attention to border colors and guard stripes — these features should complement your room’s overall aesthetic.
If you are having difficulty choosing the right Oriental area rugs for your living room or workspaces, contact Rug Source. Our salespeople will be happy to help you!
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.
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.