Design Under the Influence: Kilim Rugs

Hello again, it’s Erika from small shop, bringing you an eighth installment of Design Under the Influence. Today is going to be a quick lesson, with emphasis on the eye candy! We’re talking about kilim rugs, which I’ve been seeing everywhere lately, have you? What I’ve really been loving are the fresh ways these rugs have been incorporated into interiors lately — seems to me like they add a dash of boho, making any space suddenly hip.

"Kilim" rug weaving is said to be a tradition that migrated with the Turkmen tribes to parts of present-day Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan in the eleventh century A.D. But archaeological evidence of kilim woven textiles from 7,000 B.C. have been recovered, making kilim one of the oldest and longest held design traditions in the world.

Not exactly sure what makes a kilim a kilim? Two easy differences between a traditional Persian rug and a kilim rug are:

And now for the fun part:

[ Commune Design ]

[ via The Lonely Wife Project ]

[ via Apartment Therapy ]

[ via Apartment Therapy ]

[ via Apartment Therapy ]

[ Fran Ugarte via Nuevo Estilo ]

[ David Cafiero via Lonny ]

Tough to tell if these are all flat-woven rugs like a kilim. But nonetheless, mixing them into white contemporary interiors softens up an entire room, don’t you think? Makes it feel more well-traveled and vintage-y. Do you have any kilim rugs in your home?

Images on my LDV Pinterest board, although I had a lot of trouble finding the original sources for many of these. If you happen to know that, please let us know!

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  1. I love your post! and of course , great pictures! Kilims add so much color, and they are fun to go off course a little from the match-matchy look and add some wow to a space.
    I did try Kilims one time for pillows on a sofa, and they were so scratchy I ended up returning them!

    Nancy
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  2. I love these posts! I’m really liking the rugs after reading this. I think it looks fantastic draped over the white chair in the pic from Apartment Therapy. They really do give a great pop of color and a cool, well-traveled, boho vibe.