Kilim rugs is a tapestry rug woven from fairly harsh, thick wool. Kilim
artistry is high compared to the price and there is a fantastic variety of Kilim
designs. The best prices for kilims are often in long narrow strips rather than
room size kilims. As a flatweave kilims are arguably not as practical as some
other rugs and have a tendency to pucker up.
Kilim rugs are made by nomadic peoples in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia, China,
Pakistan, India and Morocco. Kilims were originally intended as a pliable warm
carpet that could be placed on a sandy desert floor and easily packed on a came
or horse. Kilim designs represent different tribes and regions. Kurdish kilims
are brighter, sometimes mixed with embroidery, and generally cheaper. Turkish
kilims feature Mediterranean colors of gold orange and turquoise. Iranian kilims
are grounded in burgundy, rust, heavy blues and heavy greens.