Kilim–or gelim in Persian—translates literally as “spread roughly.” Traditionally used as prayer rugs, these flat woven tapestries are produced from the Balkan region across to Pakistan. They have become increasingly popular in Western households and can be practical or purely decorative. The patterns are often bright and intricate with motifs symbolizing fertility, the evil eye, protection and good luck.
I am a huge fan of kilim-related home accessories. There is a wide range available and the variety of colours and patterns make it easy to find something to suit your aesthetic.
While traditional kilims are often made up of rusty reds and burnt oranges, you can find more muted designs which include beige, pink and blue tones.
Retailers promoting traditional, artisanal homewares are the first port of call. However, due to increasing popularity, more contemporary design shops also have their own takes on the trend–some of which might be easier to incorporate into a modern home.
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