Decoration is one of the oldest forms of art known to man. Among the things that have been used to decorate include kilim rugs.
Kilim rugs have their origin in Asia where they are mainly used for decoration purposes. Even if you are not from Asia-and have never been there-you have definitely seen them somewhere being used as floor coverings. They are special in their own way and have a certain touch of vintage class that is unique to them.
History of Kilim Rugs:
No one really knows when mankind started weaving but historians argue that the technique began in Central Asia very long ago. The first kilim rugs are estimated to have been woven in the fourth century. Because of their rich history and the fact that they were originally made by nomads, it is difficult to conclude their exact place of origin. The word “kilim” is Turkish so that might be a clue.
Kilim rugs first made their way into Europe in the 16th century from Asia. Today, they can be found everywhere. Their outstanding pattern, beautiful colors and spiritual meaning have seen them spread all around the globe where they are appreciated for various reasons.
Although most people will refer to kilim rugs as Turkey rugs or Persian rugs, they are referred according to their specific area of origin. There are Pakistani, Afghan, Kurdish rugs and many others. You may not see the difference but a keen eye will notice that the patterns and even colors are not the same.
Kilims are not just used for floors anymore. People have adopted the patterns for wall hangings, bags and even saddles.
Weaving of Kilim Rugs :
The key thing that sets kilim rugs apart from other rugs is the style of weaving. Making a kilim is simpler and the end result is lighter and piles less. This, however, means that they are less durable. Bulkier and heavier carpets require you to cut the yarn after every knot; something you do not do when making a kilim. You will also notice that normal rugs follow a certain pattern while kilims allow you to experiment freely hence their unique prints and rich colors.
The technique used is called the flat-weave technique. The method involves two sets of braiding yarns. One set is placed horizontally and the other one vertically. The horizontal sets of yarns are woven through the vertical ones and then woven back on themselves through the same path when they reach the end. When you use several colors, artsy images are formed, known as motifs.
Kilim rugs are beautiful. They bring life to a dull space and bring an air of culture. They are light and pile less which makes them even more desirable. The fact that they come in many kinds of patterns and colors means that you cannot fail to find one that matches your personality and they style of your home or office. If you have always wanted to try a vintage style, why don't you start with a kilim rug?