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About Kelim

Kilim translates as flatweave. According to its name, a kilim is a woven and not a knotted carpet or wall hanging. Woven carpets in various sizes are found in many cultures around the world. However, only flatweaves from the Balkans, the Near and Middle East are called kilims. The most commonly used material in the manufacture of a kilim is sheep's or goat's wool. Cotton is not found in oriental kilims. A kilim always consists of one weft and one warp thread, which can be processed in a variety of ways. As a basic form, this structure has been one of the simplest weaving methods, at least since ancient times, and is still modern. Despite the simplicity of this technique for making carpets, an incredible variety and beauty is possible when designing a kilim. The pattern of the kilim is always determined by the weft thread. This means that the warp thread of such a carpet can also be undyed. The weft thread of the kilim, on the other hand, is used in different colours: from blue, turquoise or green to shades of red, orange and brown. Grey or black is also very modern. Kilims of the most varied colours are created.
In addition to the colour of the carpet, the shapes also characterise a kilim. The kilim motifs also go back to a centuries-old tradition. In the past, the carpets and wall hangings of nomadic tribes adorned emotional expressions or images of the natural environment. Particularly floral patterns as a link to nature can be seen on kilims. But animal covers are also frequent motifs for traditional carpets. Each kilim tells its own story with its pictures and beyond, a story that has been passed down through generations with the carpet. The history of the kilim also tells a story of working women in nomadic peoples. The carpets still bear witness today to the knowledge and craftsmanship that has been passed down from mothers to daughters for centuries. The design of a kilim also refers to the regional origin of the respective carpet. The motifs give an indication of the different tribes of the nomads and their spread and movements. Today, modern adaptations of vintage motifs decorate the carpets, which are in the line of the kilims. Modern carpets not only take up the forms and colours - from green, blue, grey, black to red, orange, brown, beige - of traditional kilims in their design, but also resemble the technique of their predecessors.
Kelims can be distinguished by means of different types of carpet weaving. Here too, regional references become visible. Slit kilims are woven in such a way that a slit is created. The weft thread of carpets of this type is reversed and the thread ends are always woven together. This means that this Kilim carpet has an identical front and back and can be used on both sides. Kilims that are embroidered are called Cicim kilims. Nomadic kilims that are made solely for personal use, usually have a striped pattern and are woven from goat hair are called keci kilims. The Soumakh kilim stands out for its fine pattern. The weft thread is led over four warp threads and finally laid around two. The ends are simply left hanging out on the back of the kilim. The verneh kilim usually shows a pattern thread on a ground weave in the colours blue-red.
What all our kilim carpets have in common is that they are handmade according to traditional craftsmanship - implemented in a modern way. Furthermore, only natural fibres, namely wool, are used. Kilims can be decorated flexibly. Whether in modern lofts with concrete floors or on floorboards in old apartments in Berlin - a kilim makes for something special everywhere. The carpets are used in the living room or bedroom or as runners in the kitchen, bathroom or hallway. We divide our Kilim carpets into three categories, which differ in origin, design and appearance of the carpets. Runners are also available in each of these carpet categories. All kilims are unique and differ in size, pattern and colour. Unique colour combinations in the interplay between red and blue, within beige and brown or simply black / grey make our carpets truly unique. Traditional and modern are literally closely interwoven in our kilims.
Our Shazahir Kilims come from Afghanistan, where they are newly handmade. The creation of the patterns and the choice of colours are determined individually by the weaver. This means that each carpet looks different and is truly unique. They are characterised by their striking patterns, some of which are geometrically shaped and others with floral features. Many of these carpets show very intense colours, which are mixed (from green to pink, blue and red or orange), while other pieces are more reserved or light in colour (black, grey, brown or beige tones). Our Boho version of the Kelim carpet.
The Fine Kelims also come from Afghanistan. These carpets are hand-woven from Persian wool, which is very finely spun. Because the wool is so finely spun, these kilim carpets are particularly fine-meshed and tightly woven. They show very subtle patterns, some of which are only recognisable at second glance. The colours move in pastel shades, which partly merge into each other. Our Fine Kelims are very elegant and underline a purist look. The modern kilim carpet.

A carpet that is 80 years or older is usually considered antique. Carpets that are 50 years old also fall under the category of antique kilims. The vintage kilims we offer come mainly from Iran, so they are Persian pieces. Our Antique Kilims are not produced for commercial purposes, but partly by nomads for their own use. They were originally used to decorate tents as floor or wall hangings, but also as bags or saddles for donkeys. These rugs are real vintage pieces that were actually in use and tell a story all their own. The carpets have been thoroughly and professionally cleaned and are therefore as good as new. What makes these vintage rugs so special is the quality wool of the local fat-tailed sheep from which they are made. This wool is much higher quality and more robust than the mostly industrialized (New Zealand) wool that is widely used in carpet manufacturing today. All Antique Kilims are dyed with pure natural colours. Our timeless classic among the kilims.
The colourfulness of the carpets creates special moments in different living worlds. A kilim is not only a classic living room or bedroom carpet, but can be used in many ways. A kilim runner is also ideal for the hallway. Whether old floorboards or modern floor coverings - kilims can be combined wonderfully. The colour of room and carpet can harmonise fantastically. Whether a kilim in blue for the colour concept of the bathroom, discreetly in grey for the bedroom or beige in the living room, the taste decides. The colourful worlds of colour of these carpets make it possible both to take up other elements of the interior design and to consciously counteract them. The unique pieces of THE KNOTS offer the right carpet for every individual room.