Past to Present: The Kilim Rug

The bright patterns and colours of kilim rugs have been gracing the floors of kings, shepherds and everyone in between for centuries now. Woven in a region that extends from the Balkans to Central Asia and includes Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, they are produced by flat-weaving techniques and often express Islamic influences as well as nomadic tribal traits. Brimming with character and unique personality, kilims have been used as utilitarian pieces, prayer rugs as well as decorative accents. Today, they add flair to a home and are often an affordable handmade option. Here’s what to know about the traditional piece.

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