Buying a Kilim

(Posted on 04/07/17)

Buying a Kilim

Before buying a kilim always ask yourself ‘why you want it’ and ‘how much you can afford to pay’. No matter how attractive or inexpensive a kilim may be, it can be a waste of money if it does not fit the space allocated, or blend into its chosen surroundings, or fulfill the function for which it was bought. Similarly, there is no point in buying an expensive antique kilim to put on the floor in an area of heavy traffic when a cheaper, contemporary item will not only be perfectly adequate, but will also probably resist the inevitable wear and tear to a much higher degree. Remember that some kilims, which may be excellent value as general furnishing items, are unlikely to prove good long-term investments, whereas others, with a much better investment potential, may be less suited to your immediate decorative needs.

Both kilim and pile rugs generally represent excellent value for money and many medium-priced items are often as cheap, if not cheaper, than decent quality machine-made floor covering, as well as retaining their resale value to much higher degree. Both are also normally well made, attractive, durable and possess the character and uniqueness of being handmade.

Kilims are more versatile than pile rugs, however, as they function equally well as floor-coverings, wall-hangings, furniture covers, bags and cushions. They are also lighter, more maneuverable, easier to transport and generally less expensive. They are not usually as hard-wearing, but are still extremely durable, especially those woven in Soumak or other heavy-duty weaves.