Kilim Rugs are Flat
The major difference between Kilim rugs and other area rugs is the pile level. While full pile rugs are made by individual short strands of wool or silk being knotted onto the warps and held together by pressing the wefts tightly, Kilim designs are made by interweaving the various wool strands through the warps and wefts, creating what is known as a flatweave rug!
Designs used in weaving kilims
Geometric shapes are mostly used in kilims. Shapes such as triangles and rhombuses, hexagons, rectangles, etc. Of course, according to the weaving region, traditional patterns and colors are used in those specific areas.
What should we pay attention to when we want to buy kilim online or in person?
Wool- The wool should be flexible and not stiff.
Color- Colors used should be vivid and there shouldn't be visible bleeding
Weave- This is tricky as kilims don't have that traditional knot count or knot technique that can distinguish high quality versus lower quality. One thing a buyer can check, is if the warp is very visible. If it is not, that means the technique used in weaving the kilim was very good.