Image via WikipediaThanks to Pottery Barn and other like-minded retailers, you've probably caught a glimpse of a Kilim before. The flatweave carpets were originally made by nomadic peoples of Anatolia for everyday use. (Only wealthy citizens afforded carpets with heavy, plush pile crafted by artisans.) Just pick it up, shake it out, fold it up and move house.
The geometric patterns and earth tones are wonderful and vary according to the weaver. I love them, except I hate to vacuum them. My machine usually sucks the whole thing up and then I get fustrated and the fringe gets caught in the beater and the house smells like wool on fire....
So to avoid that scenario, I hang them on a wall (like a tapestry) or buy things made out of kilim instead.
A quick, affordable way to add some kilim to your decor is with throw pillows. I've seen plenty of those. I also covet other items, like a kilim upholstered bench (Restoration Hardware?). Last winter I saw stockings (for Santa) at the Charlotte antiques show.
How about handbags? The other day I saw a woman with a clutch made out of an old looking piece. I think she must have bought it abroad. I wouldn't mind a nice carry-on made out of kilim... I'm sure someone creative with fabric could come up with a dozen other things I'd like to buy on Etsy too!
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