Kilim Wiki

What is a Kilim

Kilim, a word of Turkish origin, denotes a pileless textile of many uses produced by one of several flatweaving techniques that have a common or closely related heritage and are practiced in the geographical area that includes parts of Turkey (Anatolia and Thrace), North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and China.

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Overdyed Rugs: Get The ‘Lived On’ Look

Overdyed rugs are also known as distressed rugs, and represent a trend that has achieved a crossover between fashion and home décor. People don’t just want their jeans to look ‘lived in,’ but they want their rugs to look ‘lived on’...

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Chaput Pala Rugs

In Turkish, the word Chaput (tr.: Çaput) is used to describe a rug woven with old pieces of cloth cut into long pieces of fabric. Women used to weave beautiful kilim rugs from these pieces during the winter season when they would not work outside the house in the fields...

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Filikli Spreads

The filikli spreads were woven till 30 or 40 years ago in areas where the filik or Angora goats were bred. These areas were: Balikesir, Afyon, villages of Ankara, Konya-Karapinar, Obruk, Sultanhan, Eregli, Sivas, Maras and Adiyaman...

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Tulu Rugs

I have been in the trading business of selling and buying ‘tulu’ carpets for 17 years but my perception of them began only six years ago. I worked as a carpet salesman in Anatolia for most of my life...

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Turkotek Articles

Turkotek is an outstanding web site devoted to the appreciation of textiles, especially tribal weavings. Turkotek introduced "Salon du Tapis d'Orient", a specialized forum based upon the salon which was a form of social interaction popular during the 19th century. Kilim.com presents selected articles and discussions to our readers.

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Designing With New and Vintage Rugs

When you purchase a kilim or a hand-knotted pile rug, you are purchasing an item that has the power to completely change the character of a room – whether that means creating a central focus, bringing a space together, or the 'wow factor'...

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Choosing and Decorating with Kilims

Every kilim rug, however it is placed or used, introduces into the surroundings a whole world of cultures and ancient traditions that are being slowly extinguished by modern industrialization...

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Placement, Hanging and Storage of Area Rugs

The original tribal or village kilim area rug was a sturdy product meant to last long with normal care under the trying conditions of a nomad tent or village home. However, no matter how sturdy they were when first woven, vintage and antique kilims do require that bit of extra care.

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Cleaning Rugs

Once you bring your new, beautiful kilim home you will want to make sure it stays this way for as long as possible. Here you can find some useful information on how to take care of your beloved kilim rug easily...

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Living With Rugs

We would like to introduce you to exquisite living environments all designed with kilim area rugs, contemporary area rugs, other authentic wool rugs and more...

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Weaving Techniques

The reason that rugs are a subject of such fascination and admiration for so many is that within their threads they carry the weight of history. The designs (which may have religious, talismanic or totemic meanings) tell the stories of their weavers, and of traditions passed down from one generation to the next.

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Dyes & Dyeing

The proverbial pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow may be just a fanciful delusion but it also gives apt expression to man's primeval fascination with nature's colors...

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Language of Kilims

One day a Yuruk tribal chief saw a kilim rug cast on the ground by a tent. Looking at it brought anguish to his heart, so he called on his men to find the father of the girl who had woven that kilim rug.

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Origins

The origins of the kilim area rugs are buried so deeply in the past of the human race that we will probably never really know the true story of its genesis. Undoubtedly the greatest obstacle faced...

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Regions

Major kilim producing regions in Turkey...

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Bookstore

Our bookstore offers you several books especially about kilims, carpets and rugs. You can get further information and purchase books from Amazon.com if you click on the book.

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Kilim Motifs

Motifs are derived from symbols that were used in ages gone by to inform, communicate and to convey ideas. Over time, some of these signs merged with myths, acquired hidden significance and moved into the world of esoteric symbolism.

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