Constantly on the lookout for fresh and exciting new trends, all the while never moving far from the classics that make up the perfect environment in any space, some may say that the perfect combination of the two is to be found in an elegant kilim. Rich in history and impressive in quality, authentic kilims are one-of-a-kind pieces of art that bring to the equation so much more than their beauty and grace. Carrying centuries of history and soul, they are the most personal kind of floor covering anyone can own. Dating back to at least the fourth or fifth century in China, these flat tapestry-woven rugs also trace their roots to the former Persian Empire, where they initially served as prayer rugs, wall decorations and, especially in later years, as floor coverings.
A selection of unique, handmade kilims is right here to spark heated conversations around their intricate idiosyncrasies and bold character:
Some say the term originates from the Persian word gelīm (گلیم), meaning ‘to spread roughly’. Others claim it is derived from the Farsi word gilim, meaning coarse woven cover-up. In any case (both can be considered true), an antique kilim from Morocco perfectly embodies the essence of kilim.
The German company Edelgrund specializes in tribal carpets handmade in the homes of their weavers, with traditional techniques but a contemporary feel. Following the strict STEP program of sustainability and fair trade, every authentic piece is made with respect to the Persian culture and know-how, in order to bring forth bold designs that last a lifetime.
PRIVATE 02 04
Vintage kilims made with 100% natural hemp are a treasure brought to us by Private 02 04 Company. After discovering old, handspun kilims, the people at Private 02 04 dye the vintage pieces in earthy tones, wash them in the sea and then leave them to dry on the beach. Sometimes, a patch here or there, or outlines of their old design finding their way through the natural dye, are just reminders of their genuine character, re-claimed and, of course, pre-loved…