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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

What is a Kilim?

We often get questions from customers about kilim rugs. Most of the rugs we have available are kilim rugs so we thought we would take this opportunity to tell you a little more about these versatile and stylish rugs.

The most obvious difference between a kilim and other styles of rugs is that they are flat woven so don’t have any pile like a more traditional carpet. This does mean that they can feel a little thin compared to other rugs, but as they have a very close weave and the strength of the materials used, kilims are a very durable rug.

A majority of our kilim rugs are made from 80% wool and 20% cotton. Both these materials are farmed around India with most of the wool coming from the Bikaner area of India in the North West neighbouring Pakistan. The wool is carefully hand spun, washed and hand dyed before skilled artisans weave it into the beautiful kilims that look great in your home.  By using these natural products which are often still dyed by had with natural vegetable dyes, it means that every rug is slightly different.


Many of the skilled weavers work in factories or from home on their own looms, working either by themselves or in pairs depending on the size of the rug. This is where the cotton and wools gets turned into the finished stylish kilim rugs. Traditionally many of the patterns and symbols had meanings with each rug telling a story such as long life, fertility and family but the more modern designs tend to have a more geometric in design. Many of the weavers who work from home have to fit their weaving time in around farming which can make supply a little unpredictable!  Once the kilim is finished it is taken to the main warehouse where it is quality checked before being packed and sent over to the UK ready to be sent to customers’ homes.

This summer we have three new kilim designs available and more in the pipeline for autumn. Make sure you take a look at all our kilims here.

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