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- Once overlooked as utilitarian, low status items, antique Kilims are now prized as some of the most powerful and authentic weavings of the Middle East. Kilim (Gilim in Persian) is a Turkish word denoting Caucasus
made in simple flat-woven or tapestry technique, in which the pattern is produced entirely by horizontal wefts that cover the vertical warps. This technique makes it very difficult to produce continuous vertical linear separations of color in the design, so Kilims often have a stepped or crenelated effect. While Kilim weaving can be fine, they tend to rely more on large-scale patterns with striking drawing and effects of color. They may utilize allover designs or grand shield-like medallions. The most well known Kilims are those of Turkey or Anatolia, which are varied in type and effect, but Caucasian and Persian Kilims are also appreciated nowadays for their color and high technical skill. Given their thinner, supple structure, Kilims are usable not only as decorative floor covering, but also as wall hangings and on furniture or bed coverlets as well.
Originating in Anatolia and the Caucasus, flat-woven kilims and tribal symbols gradually transitioned to pile rugs as nomadic and semi-nomadic herders ebbed back and forth across the continent. Traditions from turkey and the Levant traveled steadily eastward to the Mougal / Mughal states of Pakistan and India as well as Buddhist regions of Tibet, China and East Turkestan. Everything You Want to Know About Kilims
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103 Rugs Found in Kilims
This small flat-woven Scandinavian kilim is a product of the legendary Marta Maas Fjetterstrom atelier. Its pallet and overall design are typical of the period and emblematic of the designer.
This primitive tribal kilim is a high-impact statement piece with its bold, saturated colors and abstract, contemporary lines.
Serene tones of blue, green, and ivory give this dynamic vintage rug an overall impression of balance.
This tribal Persian Qashqai rug delights with is tantalizingly modern composition.
Characterized by its red and green pallet, this tribal Qashqai rug communicates a modern quality, while being true to its traditional roots.
The border portion of this distinct composition is a soothing shade of blue-green in which the threading of various shades interacts to create a dynamic quality.
A traditional composition that is nevertheless decidedly modern, this vintage Persian Qashqai kilim is a delightful work
This vibrant and dynamic Qashqai tribal rug is characterized by its large and bright swaths of color, which come together to create a powerful modern design.
The narrow line work and minimalistic presentation gives the entire piece an air of experimentation and unconstrained expressionism.
Though lacking definitive structure or nuanced detail work, the abstract tangles of color that dominate the piece are nevertheless evocative of a particular image: a tangle of bare trees, stretching into the sky.
Woven in an artful, rustic manner, this three-panel Mazandaran kilim from northern Persia displays an innate sense of balance and a true minimalist aesthetic.
Warm tones of brown, gold, strawberry and cerise float across this flat-weave Rollakan like waves reflecting the early morning sunlight.
Characterized by a pallet of soft, almost pastel tones, this charming Swedish kilim also boasts a highly representative composition
Beautifully evocative of the style, this Swedish carpet effectively communicates minimalism, as well as a coming together of contemporary and traditional elements of design.
Vibrant hues of cerise, mango, indigo and turquoise in an ikat-like design give a look of modern abstract art to this tribal weaving from Mazandaran high in the Alborz Mountains of northern Iran.
The pallet is evocative of a spring sky, or perhaps of a wooded lake; light shades of blue dominate, with detail work rendered in white and brown.
A unique and intriguing example, this mid-century Swedish kilim boasts a compelling design that beautifully brings together a series of contrasting hues in a cohesive and pleasing manner.
Marvelous earth-tone stripes in a broad melange of hues adorn this striking flat-weave Persian jajim coverlet, which has a versatile and inherently modern visage.
Boasting a charming design, this Swedish kilim is an excellent example of designer Ingegerd Silow's lovely and distinct style of mid-century rug weaving.
Featuring a design that graces some of the finest mid-century Swedish rugs, this charming example is possessed by a subtle beauty that is enhanced by its muted pallet of yellows.
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