Turkish Kilims In Home Decor

What comes to your mind when you think about Turkish decor?

Perhaps, deep rich colours, ceramics with flamboyant and intricate ornaments, whimsical copper objects and of course, oriental rugs.

Despite that this home accessory is popular all over the world, especially in muslim countries it has become an indispensable feature of any home. The carpet in these countries accompanies people throughout their lives. Women weave carpets as their wedding trousseau, rugs are used for prayers, decorating houses and finally, their number and quality is an indicator of wealth and prosperity of a person.

 Today we shall talk about kilims – a flat weaven rugs wide spread in all countries of the Middle East, Caucasus and Middle Asia. The technique of producing this type of rugs consists in interweaving differently coloured wefts between the threads of warp.

Turkish Kilims


In Turkish language the word kilim (which was borrowed from Persians) means “cover for the floor”. Rugs produced in this country are famous all over the world. As any other weaving region, Turkey has its traditional ornaments, which often have symbolic meaning. For example famous ornament “Ram’s Horn” symbolizes strength and power.


Initially kilims in Turkey were made for the prayers, but gradually they transformed in usual part of home decor. Turkey is famous for producing the largest kilims in the world which were made by sewing two or more rugs together. Traditionally kilims in this country were made of rough thick yarn. The most popular colours were red, blue, yellow and brown, however today the colour choice has become much wider. In all times the most precious and valuable among collectors were antique rugs,especially those which were produced in Anatolia region.  Another popular type of modern kilims are “recycled” rugs, in other words they are new woven but from recycled old yarns.


Kilim is a fantastic feature in interior design, which is able to make any room look cozy and inviting.

Today kilims are extremely popular: interior designers successfully incorporate them in different styles: from modern minimalistic to boho and shabby chic.

So what makes kilims so attractive? First of all their affordable price – kilims are much cheaper than pile rugs. Secondly their flat surface makes them much easier to clean and maintain. They are also very light and it is easy to move and transport them. Finally, their geometric tribal patterns gives them a very contemporary and at the same time very traditional look, which allows to integrate them in almost any style interior.


However, to make this traditional feature look a little bit more eye-catching and quirky I can suggest to use the following design tricks:

 1)  Placing rugs next to each other: despite the rugs can be different in size and pattern, remember, though to coordinate them by colour.


2) Kilim and fur? Yes, this couple is not only not weird, but very stylish and original:


3)  Symmetrical and parallel layout always looks very formal and … boring. To add some fresh notes to your interior, use a creative approach when positioning the rug:


4)  Layering. By putting kilims on the top of each other your will create a very relaxed and cozy look:


5)  Kilims on the… not only floor! One of the wonderful things about kilims is their multipurposeness. They can be used as blankets, throws, tablecloths, upholstery fabrics, wall decor or anything else your creativity suggests:


About the author: 

Anna Nahman –  Interior designer, blogger, rug specialist and the owner of online home decor boutique L’Essenziale selling unique items made by local artisans and artists from the countries along the ancient Silk Route.



written by guest blogger Anna Nahman (L’Essenziale)

images via lonny, kilim, pottery barn, interior junkie, annieocarroll, abigailahern


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