Design Crush: Kilim Rugs

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Although kilim rugs have recently become the go-to rug of choice to add bright eclectic design elements, they have been a staple in many homes from the Balkans to Pakistan for a few centuries.  Kilims are a flat-weave tapestry, sometimes referred to dhurrie rugs. Unlike traditional rugs and carpets, kilims are woven without knots and the woven strands are used as both the foundation and to create a pattern for the rug.  Kilims are designed to be functional, affordable, durable, and add interesting geometric patterns to any room.  In my opinion, they are easier to clean and look much better with age as opposed to other rugs. Kilims create a sense of space like no other rug; they make any room (large or small) feel cozy and perfectly lived in.  I love it when used to add a bright flair in a monochromatic room, but mostly in kitchens.  It is such an unexpected room to find a bright dose of color despite it’s reputation for being the cheeriest room in the house.  I’m currently in the market for a kilim for our living space in front of the fireplace as I want a pop of color, plus a sense of cozy.

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