Artemis Design Co. Glossary 

 Artemis Design Co. Guide to reading Kilim symbols on Kilim shoes. 




  1. A Kilim is a flat-woven carpet or rug made in Turkey, Kurdistan, and neighboring areas. (definition from Google)

  2. a pileless handwoven reversible rug or covering made in Turkey, Kurdistan, the Caucasus, Iran, and western Turkestan. (definition from Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Kilim Symbol

Kilim Symbology:

The symbols, patterns and colors that make up a Kilim carpet are not purely decorative. Each symbol represents something, and tells us something about the life of the person (usually a woman) who designed and created the carpet.  Here is a brief guide to reading Kilim symbols.

Kilim vs Carpet

The major difference between a kilim and a carpet  is the carpet is made up of individual short strands of different color being knotted onto the warps and held together by pressing the wefts tightly, kilim designs are made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps, thus creating what is known as a flatweave.

Sumak Carpet

Unlike Kilim, Sumak rugs are not reversible because non-clipped yarns are left on the back.  Antique Sumak rugs are generally very finely woven and feature richly detailed motifs. Traditionally, these flat-weave carpets are decorated with ancient symbols, tiny birds and geometric animals.




  1. Artemis was the Greek goddess of the moon and hunting, the twin of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto.

Smoking Shoe


  1. a slide on shoe worn with a tux. We wear our kilim smoking shoes with and without a tux, with jeans, skirts and dresses. 



  1. a slide on shoe with a low heel and no laces

Dopp Kit


  1. toiletry bag named after a leather bag designer Charles Dopplet




  1. a palm tree native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, with a short trunk and leaves that may grow up to 60 feet (18 m) long.

    -the fiber from the raffia leaves, used for making items such as hats, baskets, and mats.




  1. a heelless slipper, typically very pointy, and traditionally canary yellow. 



  1. a bag that has the capacity to carry what you would need for 2 to 3 days of travel, or over the weekend.