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kilim rugs - kelim - the handmade rug company

At EMMA MELLOR HANDMADE RUGS one we have a passion for the humble Kilim. We love them, soft wool natural dyes and geometric designs that are timeless. There is something for everyone.

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Kilims are produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. Kilim weaves are tapestry weaves, technically weft-faced plain weaves, that is, the horizontal weft strands are pulled tightly downward so that they hide the vertical warp strands. When the end of a colour boundary is reached, the weft yarn is wound back from the boundary point. Thus, if the boundary of a field is a straight vertical line a vertical slit forms between the two different color areas where they meet. For this reason, most kilims can be classed as "slit woven" textiles. The slits are beloved by collectors, as they produce very sharp-etched designs, emphasizing the geometry of the weave. Weaving strategies for avoiding slit formation, such as interlocking, produce a more blurred design image.


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The weft strands, which carry the visible design and colour, are almost always wool, whereas the hidden warp strands can be either wool or cotton. The warp strands are only visible at the ends, where they emerge as the fringe. This fringe is usually tied in bunches, to ensure against loosening or unraveling of the weave.


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Within our KILIM COLLECTION we stock sizes over 4m x 3m and ranging from new rug production in contemporary colours and design to large antique kilims and hall runners.

If you don't see what you're looking for online, or you need a unusual size or colour please get in touch as only a small amount of our stock is listed and we can email images of stock that fits your requirements.



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