The term Kelim or Kilim, derives from the Farsi word Gilim meaning coarse woven blanket. Oriental Kilims have been woven by nomads in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Moldova and other regions for several thousand years. Kilims are considered an intricate part of the nomadic lifestyle and culture and were originally used as blankets, decorative floor coverings, bags and tent curtains. Kilims are woven by hand using the traditional kilim weaving technique and mostly made of wool from the sheep of the nomads themselves.
Kilims are an extremely versatile product that has become incredibly popular today. Many consider Oriental Kilims to be the perfect interior decorating accessory to the modern home. They are appreciated for their natural colour schemes, vivid and geometric designs. Due to the weaving technique, most Kilims have no pile like hand-knotted carpets do although they sometimes feature knotted-in details and pile.
Since they are thin and light by character, Kilims can easily be hung on a wall, used on a table or floor, or even sprawled over the side arm of a lounge chair or sofa. The simple geometric Kilim designs are also favourably used as cushion covers, and blankets, adding the perfect touch to your home.