Antique Oriental Kilims and Tribal Rugs
Kililms are flatwoven carpets that often display more of a tribal geometric design. A Kilim rug is formed by the colored weft strings being wrapped around the warp. Kilim rugs for sale were made by nomadic peoples in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Morocco. A Kilim style and design express the identity of the village or nomadic group. Turkish kilims feature Mediterranean colors of gold orange and turquoise. Iranian kilims are grounded in burgundy, rust, heavy blues, and heavy greens. Kurdish kilims are brighter and sometimes mixed with embroidery. These textiles are used as rugs to cover doors and windows, for their dwellings, and as prayer rugs. The Kilim is a major part of a bride's dowry. The females of the family weave each rug; each piece would contain symbols of the family tradition and tribal identity. No two hand-woven kilim rugs are exactly the same in color and size, which give the rugs a unique appeal.