Originally, the roots of the kilim rug go back to the nomadic people of the Middle East. They served and still serve the nomads not necessarily as rugs, but rather as blankets, saddle blankets, seat mats or wall decorations. It is believed that the first carpets in history, several hundred years before Christ, corresponded in many ways to today’s kilim rugs. Since the original kilim are hand-woven, they also have a very important difference to knotted carpets. Knotting techniques have presumably only evolved from weaving techniques. Nowadays, kilims mostly originate from southern Iran or Afghanistan.
Kilims are so-called flatweaves and look almost identical from the top and bottom. They can thus be used on both sides, which is a great advantage over other types of carpet. They also have very distinctive patterns and designs. Thanks to the weaving technique with warp and weft, the patterns are linear and geometric. When the design elements are pulled apart, small holes are visible between them, which also result from the weaving technique. Typical are strong Colours that are extracted from plants and minerals like Persian carpets. Thus, original kelims from the Middle East are 100% natural products.
There are very robust and rather thick kilims, which can be placed without problems in much Frequented rooms Thinner variants often require an anti-slip underlay, but can also be transported quickly and easily and, for example, laid out for a picnic in the garden in summer.
Thanks to the colours and motifs, connoisseurs can determine the origin of a kilim, not only that of the country, but also that of the nomadic tribe.