Kilim Time: 4 Reasons Why Turkish Flatweave Carpets Are Hot Right Now

As people decide to move more frequently and have come to prefer simpler home décor, Turkish flat weave carpets are gaining in popularity. Buyers interested in Turkish flat weave carpets desire these rugs for 4 great reasons:

Turkish flatweave rugs are portable and unobtrusive.

Flat weave rugs are made as they're described. There's no pile on the top side to act as a cushion, so there are no knots. In a way, they appear to be humongous, finely woven place mats.

These Anatolian and Kurdish rugs are made to lie flat on the ground or to hang on the wall. They take up very little space, and they weigh far less than traditional Turkish Hali carpets. They're easy to move out of the way for cleaning and easy to take with you when you move.

It's easy to source older, non-commercial flat weave carpets.

Turkish women and children still do much of the weaving of carpets today, but their goals are more commercially oriented. A half-century ago, women wove their works of art for their courtship, their dowries, or their loved ones. These carpets were true labors of love, with each region and each individual weaver adding their own special motifs, dye techniques, and finishing touches.

Many of these Turkish flat weave carpets survived and are available today as one-of-a-kind investments.

There are Turkish flatweave rugs for every taste.

  • Kilim are the most commonly known type of Turkish flat weave carpets. A woman has to master the kilim technique before she weaves any of the other types of flat weave rugs. They normally can be flipped over and used on both sides due to the precision of the weavers' work and the fact that they have no knots.
  • Cicim (pronounced "ji'-jim") are kilim rugs from Central Anatolia made with extra wrapping of the yarns. They often feature symbols of fertility and domestic tranquility. Only one side is used since the extra thread alters the design on the underside.
  • Kocan (pronounced "coach-on") are Eastern Anatolian in origin and are made like cicim, often woven with animal patterns and symbols of peace and prosperity.
  • Sumak style carpets are double wrapped like cicim rugs and embellished with additional embroidery to make the designs pop.

Turkish flat weave carpets fit nearly any budget.

You can find modern handmade kilim for less than a hundred dollars or pay thousands for a unique antique cicim. The price depends on whether yarns were coloured with chemicals or with natural dyes like saffron and indigo. Silk costs more than wool, which costs more than cotton. The age, wear, and historical significance of a Turkish carpet also affect the pricing, as does the rarity of the design.

When you shop for kilim or other oriental carpets, trust the experts who know the history and the true value of these investments. Well-made carpets improve with age, so purchasing a high-quality carpet today will pay off in the years to come. Contact a professional distributor, like Imperial Rug Galleries Limited, for information on their available carpets.