The Kilim rug is made only with natural materials, and is available in a multitude of facets. Oriental or Moroccan, this carpet steeped in history is a must for nomadic peoples.
History and origin of the Kilim rug
The Kilim is an oriental rug, woven by hand with natural materials by nomadic peoples from North Africa, Iran and Afghanistan.
The name Kilim comes from the Persian “gelilm”, which designates the technique of flat weaving. This is the first characteristic associated with this carpet rich in symbols and patterns mainly woven by nomadic women of the small tribes of East and North Africa whose techniques have been transmitted from generation to generation. It thus represents both the identity of nomadic peoples and the memory of ethnic tribes.
Its original use is to cover the floors of yurts, but in winter it sometimes also hangs on the wall to protect itself from the cold. It is also a common use for Boucherouite carpets and more generally for most ethnic carpets.
Steeped in history, this colorful flat rug is trendy today and brings a touch of originality to interior decoration.
The kilim carpet of the Orient
This is the original kilim rug, it appeared in the Near East in Turkey and Iran about 10,000 years ago. The nomadic people used this carpet to cover the ground of the Yurts but also of the Mosques, it was both a way to protect themselves from the cold and to convey a message through symbols and colors specific to each tribe or each village . Simple or complex, sober or extravagant, their symbols all stem from the same origins, namely shamanist beliefs of yesteryear. Weaving and dyeing techniques have crossed the millennia and even today the kilim rug retains its authenticity. Knowledge has crossed borders and Moroccan tribes have also made these rugs for a long time now.
The Moroccan kilim rug
In Morocco, the kilim carpet is called Hanbel carpet. Based on the same weaving technique, it comes from around Rabat and the Middle Atlas. It is easily recognized by the absence of velvet, a direct consequence of the use of embroidery instead of knotting. In a Moroccan living room, its presence is a symbol of refined decoration and a tribute to the tribe who made it, since the symbols and colors are directly linked to the identity of the latter, as for their Eastern counterparts.
The Kilim, a carpet with multiple variations
Knowing a growing success with Western populations, the Kilim rug has made a place for itself in the small world of modern and contemporary decoration.
Indeed, with its symbolic patterns like the rhombus or the triangle and its various colors from 100% natural pigments, this embroidered carpet adapts perfectly to bedrooms, living rooms, corridors and dining rooms. The geometry of its patterns as well as its colors make it a lighter carpet in appearance.
In addition, unlike most Berber carpets which tend to have long pile like Beni Ouarain or Azilal carpets, it is short pile. Due to its authentic manufacturing and hand weaving, the so-called “short pile carpet” is easy to care for and has great resistance. Relief weaving is frequently used for this purpose. Ideal for dressing the floor as the walls, it will bring dynamism and warmth to your interior.
You will appreciate its flexibility and lightness conferred by the natural materials at the origin of its confection such as wool and cotton.
Let yourself be tempted by the authentic Kilim carpet available in our Moroccan carpet shop.
Several models exist, and are exclusively traditional artisanal products woven by hand, in the pure Berber tradition.
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