Flatweave Rugs Tribal Traditions Fit for Today’s Interiors

Kilim is the Turkish word for a flatweave rug or a rug with no pile. 



These marvelously decorated tribal weavings from the Kurdish peoples of north-west Iran to the exotically colourful pieces from Afghanistan, not only retain their distinctive, strong character and value, but have become spectacular and useful features of modern western interior design.

Uses for Kilims are many fold – wall hangings, room dividers, curtains, table cloths, stair runners, cushions, furniture covers, bed boards and of course rugs.
Similar to hand knotted rugs, flat weave rugs are woven on a foundation made up of cotton warps (rope) strung on a frame called a loom.

Photo_13 detail of back of rug

Instead of looping wool around the warps and creating a thick wool pile, the yarns are threaded back and forth covering all the cotton thread like a blanket or tapestry. This weaving process creates a very flat pile.


Because of the manufacturing method, flat weave rugs are usually produced more quickly than hand knotted rugs. The beauty of these area rugs is revealed by the fact that they do not display the thick pile found in hand knotted rugs. Instead, these area rugs show a flat textural look.

details of rug above



Flat weave rugs are available in many styles and designs. They are beautiful and frequently used in many applications by home decorators and interior designers alike. The unique style of these rugs makes them highly desirable.


Price points range from low to high end, depending upon how densely they are woven and the materials used. See more fine examples below.

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