Nice Threads: 8 of the best Flatweave Rugs and Kilims

Whichever room you're designing, the addition of a flatweave rug or kilim will instantly achieve a relaxed living feel.

Despite being around for thousands of years, these tapestry woven rugs, that originated in the former Persian and Ottoman empires, are still somehow associated with the hippy trails and counter culture of the 60s and 70s.

A exotic antidote to the formality of the time, and a flavour of new horizons, these colourful kilims still evoke a boho vibe, that's totally in tune with the current seventies revival for rattan and macrame.

This relaxed feel is also down to the fact that these rugs are woven with a tapestry weave, so there is no thick pile to sink into, the surfaces are flat, suited to warm climes and the nomadic lifestyles of their originators.

There is often a slightly blurred design image and the warp and weft is finished with fringing, which appeals to those who like the informality and non-uniform approach.

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Those in our edit include original vintage numbers sourced in Morocco and Iran, from Yonder Living and Lilla Rugs, for a totally unique and distinctive style.

Others are current pieces designed and made in the style of a traditional kilim, yet with patterns and colours that appeal to contemporary tastes and which would work in modern homes.

From the gently coloured Chimara at Heal's and the subtly patterned Wyatt at Urban Outfitters to the bold Sparkly at Raj Tent Club and the colourful Karim, made from recycled cotton at Graham and Green, or the more muted Attaleia from Oka and the Poppy from French Connection Home, there is something to suit most modern styles.

Bring in some cane or rattan furniture and a cheese plant to complete the look, but go easy, you could be burning joss sticks and donning a kaftan before you can say, hey man...

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Attaleia rug, £195, Oka

Attaleia rug, £195, Oka

Inspired by ancient Oushak rugs produced during the Ottoman Empire, this kilim has been crafted by hand to resemble a series of tiles.

Medium Poppy Field rug in Blue, £125, French Connection Home

Medium Poppy Field rug in Blue, £125, French Connection Home

This best seller is now available in a new colour palette: navy and grey.

Karim recycled cotton rug, £89, Graham and Green

Karim recycled cotton rug, £89, Graham and Green

Meticulously woven from strips of hand-dyed, offcut cotton fabrics, these vibrant rugs have varying depths of colour and dye variation, so are a distinctive way to add comfort, colour and pattern to your home.

Chimara jute rug, £299, Linie Design at Heal’s

Chimara jute rug, £299, Linie Design at Heal’s

Founded in 1980, Linie Design is the biggest handmade rug developer in Northern Europe. The Chimara is made from resilient Jute, perfect for everyday wear and tear in any household.

Nikolai Persian Qashqai kilim, £600, Lilla Rugs

Nikolai Persian Qashqai kilim, £600, Lilla Rugs

This vintage kilim is from the Qashqai, a tribe that usually move about depending on the season - moving from the Isfahan province to south of Shiraz (Iran).

Sparkly kilim rug, £650, Raj Tent Club

Sparkly kilim rug, £650, Raj Tent Club

Golden threads give this cotton and wool mix rug a lustrous touch of luxe.

Sparkly kilim rug, £650, Raj Tent Club

Sparkly kilim rug, £650, Raj Tent Club

Golden threads give this cotton and wool mix rug a lustrous touch of luxe.

Wyatt braided white rug, £69, Urban Outfitters

Wyatt braided white rug, £69, Urban Outfitters

Bring a boho vibe to your home with this fringed flatweave rug.

Vintage Moroccan rug, £535, Yonder.living

Vintage Moroccan rug, £535, Yonder.living

This vintage rug was traditionally woven in Morocco.