For centuries, kilim rugs have been created in Turkey and Central Asia. Originally, they were used as blankets, saddles or wall decorations. This particular type of rug is bursting with the culture and history of the East, and is renowned as one of the most ancient styles of rug available.
Kilim rug characteristics
Kilim rugs have a flat weave, meaning there is no pile. This makes them perfect for high traffic areas of the home. As they are created by weaving threads in between the warp, they are almost identical on either side. They can also be admired when hanging on the wall as decorative art tapestries or murals.
They usually feature multi-coloured designs with a geometric pattern. The colours used are warm, bright and earthly tones that are produced from natural dyes. An authentic kilim rug will always use 100% natural materials – from the organic wool to the vegetable made dyes and cotton weave.
Kilim rugs in the modern home
These bold statement rugs are the perfect starting point for any room that’s feeling a little plain or dull. A kilim rug will immediately add character to a blank canvas, and fill the room with warmth and charming personality.
Typically, the rugs have a traditional and tribal feel with each rug offering its own unique story.
While a thicker kilim rug can withstand constant use, it is advised for thinner rugs that you use a anti-slip sheeting underneath to stop it moving around after every step.
Caring for kilim rugs
These no-pile rugs are incredibly durable and easy to clean. This makes them ideal for family homes with small children or pets.
To clean the rug, first use a sweeping brush to push out any dust and dirt that’s stuck in the weave. Brush in the same direction as the weave for the best results.
For a deeper clean, a diluted solution of carpet shampoo, warm water and vinegar can help get rid of stains without damaging the colour. For this, you’ll need to use a small bristled brush which can easily work its way through the weave and back out. Whenever you are brushing the rug, it’s advised to use a
vertical stroke, so not to catch any threads out of place.
You’ll then need to rinse the whole rug with clean water and leave it to dry.
While some people prefer this technique, a weekly vacuum will also suffice.