Kilim rugs are considered a type of tapestry rug woven from fairly harsh, thick wool. Kilim artistic expression is highly regarded, especially when compared to the price and there is a fantastic variety of unique and stimulating designs available. The best value is generally in long narrow runners rather than larger room size pieces. As a flatweave, they are arguably not as practical as some other similar ones in it's class and have a tendency to pucker up.
Kilim rugs are woven by the nomadic peoples in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Morocco. They were originally intended as a pliable warm carpet that could be placed on a sandy desert surface and easily rolled up and packed on a camel or horse for travel. The wide range of designs represent the different influences from the numerous tribes and regions. Kurdish pieces are brighter, sometimes mixed with embroidery, and generally more affordable. The Turkish feature bright Mediterranean colors of gold orange and turquoise. Iranian examples are noted for being grounded in burgundy, rust, heavy blues and heavy greens. Most are reversible, but rarer collectables have loose ends on the back and are becoming increasingly more valuable.
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