It is an astonishing fact that Kilims, now the most popular choice of flatweave for furnishes carpets around the world. Woven for domestic use, Kilims have been made for hundreds of years by nomadic tribes all over the Near East. The typical colours and patterns of the majority of Kilims have an arresting direct appeal. The fascinating fact is that each tribe and district has its own recognisable vocabulary of motifs and colours. For example Persian Kilims are charming for their simplicity and visually uncomplicated but at the same time have strong colour platters and detailing borders. The Caucasian Kilims on other hand have complex geometric designs in very muted colours. Our online Kilims bring the best of the both world and we only after unique pieces in particular old and antique flatweave rugs belonging to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If we buy new Kilims however they must be of high quality or unusual designs and colours. Please browse our website www.imperialrugs.co.uk as we constantly update our site with new stock of handmade Kilims, Jajims and Sofreh from Iran, Caucasus, Turkey .
The fascinating fact about the tribe groups, who have been involved with Kilim weaving for centuries, is that almost all of them have particular tastes when it comes to make Kilims. For example Qashgai and Bakhtiari tribes from Iran were used very vibrant colours in rather busy design and patterns to overcome harsh weather condition due to their migration. The fine Luri, Bakhtiari and Kurdish Kilims are amongst some of the most sought after both inside Persia and in Western world. It is amazing to know how a simple flat weave Kilim have great effect in a sophisticated room and for this reason their popularity is on the rise.
With the similar notion, however, the range of style in Turkish Kilims is mainly due to the fact that Kilims were produced throughout Turkey. The diversity of design and colours are quite staggering, for example one can see the old traditional design in more contemporary Kilims such as Konya or vice versa. There is also no surprise if one sees joint Turkish Kilims, as often and due to the usage of narrow looms (because some of the old houses were very small and narrow) therefore, Kilims were woven in two halves or added narrow boarder strips at later stages to increase the width of the Kilim. From mid 20th century onwards-large size Kilims have also been massively produced to compensate the old issue. The Caucasian Kilims, woven in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries before the country became part of the old Soviet Union, were among the finest ever made. Today, collectors keenly seek after these Kilims, and they do still come onto market from time to time. Several different techniques are used throughout the Caucasus to make Kilims, including slit-weave, plain weave and supplementary weft techniques, such as Zilli and Verneh. Caucasian Kilims show, with certain common features, the varied influences of the Kurdish, Anatolian and Persian cultures.