Kitchen Kilim

Kitchen Kilim
 Q. I’ve seen fun patterned rugs in the kitchen recently. I want! What are they called?
– Emme

A. Yes, Kilim rugs are on trend now although they are nothing new to homes. This style of rug is dated back to the 4th or 5th century in China*. “Kilim” is a word of Turkish origin (or possibly Persian) yet signifies a type of rug produced in Turkey, the Balkans, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. The word denotes a flat tapestry woven rug that has a tight weft (vertical thread that runs side to side) that completely covers the warp (thread that run align the length of the yardage) and produces a bold, diagonal pattern.

No wonder they are become so popular since Western homeowners are now favoring geometric patterns. Kilim rugs can be purely decorative or can function as a prayer rug. Many motifs are used in kilims. The motifs are derived from symbols to communicate ideas or stories with purpose. Motifs that are typically seen include ram’s horns for power, hands on hips for motherhood or fertility, the evil eye for protection against jealousy, the ying-yang for love and unison, or a star or bird symbolizing the desire for good luck and happiness.

Kilims are commonly made of sheep wool because of its inherent qualities. It handles easily when woven and can absorb moisture so it takes on colorful dyes readily. Originally dyes were obtained from natural sources, such as vegetables and minerals, yet synthetic dyes are available in the modern era to produce array of saturated color in any hue. Check your source on how it’s made to see how natural it is, if that appeals to you. Either way you get the thumbs up from me!

-Danielle

*source from Wikipedia

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