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

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.

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 100% wool. Our Havana Smoking shoes, Our Kilim Sumak Belt, our Sumak Baby Duffle, and several of our Weekender style bags are made from Sumak Kilim carpet. 

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