From flat weave to shaggy, all natural or a riot of colors, these rugs are all hot with decorators — but which is which? If you’re on the hunt for a new rug, this mini guide to four types of popular rugs is here to help.
Kilims are flat-weave rugs, handwoven on looms, featuring geometric designs and natural colors. These warm-hued textiles come mainly from Turkey but are made in areas from the Balkans to Pakistan.
Designer Risa Boyer reports that this rug was found at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, California.
Kilims are easily distinguishable from Persian carpets because of their flat weave. No pile means they are also quite practical for high-traffic areas, from a busy family room to a dining room.
Vintage kilims that have worn and damaged areas can be saved and repurposed as upholstery or pillow covers.
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