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Carpet and Kilim – What is the difference and what to buy?

One ofthe MOst frequently asked questions related to carpetsthat we get has to do with the differences between a rug and a kilim. In the simplest terms, a kilim is a flat-woven rug, while the term “rug” or “carpet” is generAlly reserved forcarpetsthat they have hair and that they were knotted by hand.

Rug and Kilim by Nazmiyal Collection

Rug and Kilim from Nazmiyal Collection

Let’s explore this question of the rug and the kilim a little MOre.

What is a carpet?

At its most basic definition, a rug is a woven fabric used to cover a specific Area of ​​the floor. This is distinct from the term “rug,” which is generAlly, but not invariably, used to refer to rugs that run from wAll to wall or are attached to the floor; The difference between a rug and a rug is explained later. The origins of rugs and tapestries are varied, but the method of rug weaving is largely cross-cultural. For the most part and generally speaking,carpets are madein frames calledcarpet looms.

Picture of the pile of a knotted pile area rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Image of a pile of a knotted pile rug

Learn more about the differences between rugs and carpets

What is a Kilim?

Flat woven rugs are called “Kilim rugs”. The term “kilim” refers primarily to a type of flat-woven rug that was produced without a knotted pile. Because theseantique rugsThey are found all over the world, each region having a different pronunciation and spelling of the name Kilim. Egyptian tomb paintings and Homer’s Iliad, from the same period, depict weavers making flat-woven rugs and rugs of this type.

Picture of the pile of a flat woven kilim rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Image of the stack of a flat woven kilim rug

More information about Kilim rugs

Should you buy a Shag rug or a kilim?

Here are 3 points to consider when trying to decide whether you should buy a pile area rug or a flat weave kilim:

  • The kilims aredurable rugsbut they are not knotted, they are woven. As such, these types offlat weave rugsgenerally not recommended for use asDining Room rugs. This is because the movement of the chairs can cause the fabric to open up. Butyou can place and position these rugs in the roomswhere you won’t be constantly sliding furniture across it.
  • Knotted pile rugsThey have a softer texture and thicker pile than kilims, making them furideal rugs for Bedrooms.
  • The differenttypes of carpetswoven with pile are very resistant and can be used practically anywhere. Since a rug can withstand more foot traffic than a kilim, we recommend using pileKitchen rugs, Hallways and other areas of the house that receive a lot of use.

The different types of kilims and rugs:

For the most part, most weaving centers produced both flat-weave kilims and pile rugs.But the main types of flat weave rugs would be:

  • Aubusson rugs– TheseFrench rugsthey are not generally called “kilim” but they are flat knits.
  • Swedish rugs–Scandinavian rugsthey were actually woven as pile rugs and flat-woven kilims. But we tend to see more Kilims than piling on theseantique rugs.
  • Bessarabia rugs–Romanian rugsthey were woven using the pile and kilim technique, but for the most part, they were woven almost exclusively as flat-weave kilims.
  • Moroccan rugs– While the most recognizable would be the hairiestBeni Ourain Rugsorberber rugs,theMoroccan rugsThey include gorgeous flat weaves as well.
  • Persian rugs– The vast majority of these rugs are pile. But Persia is home to magnificent kilims such as:Mazandaran Kilims,Jajims flat knit,Kilims SennehAnd so on.
  • Turkish rugs– Arguably the most famous of all flat woven kilims are the tribal kilim rugs woven in Turkey.
  • Caucasian Rugs– The most famous flat weave rugs in this area would be theSoumak Rugs. That being said, someCaucasian Kazaksand evenShirvan Rugsthey can be found as kilims.

Buy a rug or a kilim? Here are some great options:

Antique Afghan Beshir Tribal Pile Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Afghan beshir tribal pile rug 71313

Vintage Swedish Kilim Flat Weave Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Vintage Swedish Flat Weave Kilim Rug 46864

Vintage Swedish Birgitta Soderkvist Kilim by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Swedish Vintage Birgitta Soderkvist Kilim 48451

Picture of Antique Tribal Turkish Kilim Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Tribal Turkish Kilim Rug 48609

Antique Turkish Oushak Pile Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Turkish Oushak Rug 71739

Art Deco French Kilim Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

French Art Deco Kilim Rug 49256

Antique French Aubusson Flat Weave Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique French Flat Weave Aubusson Rug 70946

Antique Northwest Persian Pile Runner Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Northwest Persian Pile Runner Rug 71841

Antique Turkish Oushak Pile Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Turkish Oushak Rug 71739

Antique Indian Agra Pile Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Indian pile rug Agra 71772

Antique Persian Sultanabad Pile Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Persian Pile Rug from Sultanabad 71818

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