The word kilim describes a flat woven rug with a smooth surface and no pile. Kilims have been woven for many centuries, hand made by nomads and villagers combining the qualities of utility, portability and ornamentation, providing a lively and colourful array of floor coverings, eating mats, tent dividers and wall hangings together with horse blankets and storage bags.
In the west these kilims are extremely versatile as decorative items, being draped over furniture and tables, hung on the wall as a piece of art, creating a wonderful bedcover, or simply laid on the floor.
Our collection is constantly changing and whether you are discovering kilims for the first time or are a collector, there are always a few pleasant surprises.
The Soffreh is a distinctively shaped kilim taking the form of small runners or square cloths primarily used as eating cloths, spread on the floor to provide a clean surface on which food may be presented.
Moj are woven by the Qashqa'i and Lurs, being distinctive flatwoven covers used as blankets, bed-covers and thrown over storage bags around the tent.
They are woven in balanced twill-weave in two halves that are then sewn together.
Jajims are another type of flatweave, closely woven, warp-faced striped textiles made up from a number of narrow strips which are sewn together to create a larger piece.
They are used in much the same way as Moj and Kilims.
Hand woven Persian Kilim 2.97 x 1.64