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What is a Kilim?

Kilim Definition

Ki·lim: kēˈlēm/


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

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

  3. The beautiful, unique textile that will become our Kilim shoes and signature Classic Kilim Loafers! 

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.  Below is a brief guide to reading Kilim symbols.

The Difference Between Kilim and Sumak Kilim

We receive a lot of questions about the difference between "Sumak Kilim", and "Kilim"- Sumak is a style of Kilim, that is slightly more expensive due to more intricate weaving, and the mix of silk and wool fibers, as opposed to the 100% wool composition of the Kilim. Our Kilim Smoking shoes, our Kilim Sumak Belt, our Sumak Baby Duffle, and several of our Weekender style bags are made from Sumak Kilim carpet. Our best-selling style, the Kilim Loafer, we make from both Kilim and Sumak Kilim Carpet. Most of our Kilim Shoes come in both Kilim and Sumak, and are completely one-of-a-kind.

 Artemis Design Co. Guide to Reading Kilim Symbols