Vocab Lesson: Kilim

When Sarah at Estate of Things described this photo by saying “the bookshelves are a little scant for my taste but I love the kilim, chesterfield sofas and the brass coffee table,” all I could think is “what the heck is a kilim?”

Turns out, it’s the rug she’s loving. Kilims are flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. Kilims are produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. Most kilim weaves are “weft-facing”, i.e., the horizontal weft strands are pulled tightly downward so that they hide the vertical warp strands. Kilims are often cheaper than pile rugs.

Some other examples from House Beautiful…

Home Decor, Vocab

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