Kilim History

 

The word Kilim in Turkish simply means a ‘flat woven rug’ or a ‘rug without a knotted pile’.

It is certain that the Kilim has been an essential piece of decorative furniture that is practical
and portable for the people of Anatolia and Middle East for a very long time.

Kilim combined with jewellery, clothing, tent furnishings and animal trapping helped to form
the identity of the village or nomadic tribal group. Kilims were made for use on the floor and
walls of the tents, houses and mosques. Most were made for family and personal use, although
some towns and villages of Anatolia and Persia became famous for their fine commercial production
in the 17th and 18th Century.

Kilims have also played a central role in the family as part of the dowry piece.

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