The striped Turkish rugs in this collection are classic Turkish kilim flatweaves — versatile, lightweight and full of personality. What makes them stand out — apart from their bright colors and bold stripes — is the seam that run through many of them. Rather than being a mistake or damage, this reflects an important part of authentic vintage kilims woven within the home. The loom was restricted to what the size of the weaver’s home could accommodate, but that didn’t mean people didn’t need large rugs to cover large open spaces. So, weavers would produce two or three pieces that look very similar, and — you guessed it — sew them together.
History of This Design: Kilims represent an important and widespread tradition in rug weaving, as they are commonly produced in villages and by nomadic tribes. Their motifs are determined by the individual weaver and often produced by memory, giving each kilim a unique character that reflects the tastes and perspective of individual artisans. Because of the manner in which they are woven, kilims contain geometric and rectilinear patterns — the tight curvilinear floral motifs found in many hand-knotted rugs cannot be produced with this technique.
This rug was made in Turkey
Turkey (also known as Anatolia) has been one of the leading regions in rug design since the beginning of the trade. It has enjoyed a long and rich history in both hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs (often called kilims), and has incorporated many influences into its colors, patterns and designs. Often cited as the gateway between the East and the West, the busy trade routes such as the Silk Road running through Turkey brought inspiration from all corners, creating a wide range of styles and tastes found in Turkish rugs. Whether they are the fine Hereke rugs produced for the Ottoman palaces or the brightly-colored kilims woven in villages and nomadic tribes, these hand-made pieces are quality, unique rugs.
100% Wool Pile on Wool Foundation.
Hand-Woven: These flatweaves get their name from their texture: they are handmade rugs produced by tightly weaving a warp through a weft (similar to a basket), resulting in a rug that lies flat and has no pile. They can go by many proper names depending on where they were produced — kilim, kelim, dhurry. They may have some variations in style or design, but they all are describing the same rug construction technique. Flatweaves are usually made of a combination of natural fibers such as cotton, wool, goat hair, jute and sisal. Like hand-knotted rugs, they last for decades, but because they require less time and material to produce, they tend to be a more affordable option. The exception to this rule would be antique or rare kilims, which are often highly prized by collectors.
Vacuum regularly: New wool rugs may shed yarn fibers. Avoid continuous exposure to sunlight; if they must sit in direct sun, rotate the rug to prevent local fading. If individual knots become loose, it's normal, but don't pull them, clip them with scissors. Blot (don't rub) liquid spills immediately with a clean cloth, using mild soap and water if necessary. For harder stains, we recommend a professional rug cleaning.
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