Kilim rugs are everywhere, with modern interpretations offeringbold, graphic patterns in everything from pastel shades to neons and even monochrome.
Despite having been around for thousands of years, their timeless designs still look fresh today. Kilim patterns provide a pop of colour to modern interiors, addingglobal sophistication with an eclectic edge.
Their distinctive, nonpile flat weaves bringbring patterned energy into modern spaces, and marry particularly well with Mid-Century Modern style furniture.
Like Berber rugs, Kilims are steeped in cultural practices, with weaving methods varying across Turkey, North Africa and areas of the Middle East. The special flatweaving techniques have been passed down through generations. 'Kilim' is a word of Turkish origin, translating as “to spread roughly.” To make Kilim rugs, multi-coloured wool fibers are interwoven to create a flat, distinctive textile. The knots are then evenly shorn off, leaving a clean pattern behind.
Pick from these modern designs for an easy home update.
Mad for monochrome? So are we. The Ferm Living Kelim Rug for Nest has a dynamic, modern graphic print that would look striking in minimalist, modern and contemporary homes.
Add some light-hearted fun to your home with this pastel-perfectKelim Blue Triangles rug from Ferm Living for AMARA. With an on-trend Aztec-inspired pattern that's made modern through simplified shapes and fresh pastels, it's the perfect flat-weave for calm, modern spaces.
The Contrast Edge Baneh Kilim in pink and orange from The Conran Shop reminds us a little bit of the old SMPTE colour bars we'd see on the TV when a channel was off-air. The striking geometric design is actually made from bamboo, which you'd never tell from the soft, silk-like texture. Great for hallways, landings and corridors.
FRESH AND FUNKY
The colourful Vida area rug from Habitat is oh-so-cheerful, with a mix of bright and pastel hues. It's inspired by traditional Kilims, though there's something refreshingly modern about this flat-weave.
Larusi is the king of contemporary Kilims, and the proof is in the pudding with the KL646 design. An XXL flat-weave with a modern, abstract pattern in a pastel palette, it's a subtle and versatile option that won't tire quickly.
Swoon Editions' tribal inspired Shackleton rug is so subtle, it would work in most minimal and contemporary schemes as well as the more mutedrustic or Scandi ones. Stone-washed, the Shackleton’s flat-woven design has a contemporary colour palette that gives it character, with simple stripes that give it a classic look. The design comes in a runner too, for £99.
Aztec pattern made modern with cube-like lines in an Eighties colour palette, Wayfair's multi-colouredKelim rug is pretty punchy. Super fun for kid's rooms and playrooms, and for daring, retro-inspired spaces.
The diamond patterned R93 Kilim from The Raj Tent Club really sparkles – literally. With a gold thread woven into the design, this psychedelic print has a decidedly modern edge. Tribal luxe, if your will.
With a neutral colour palette of greys, creams, beige and black, the Poncho Kelim Rug from John Lewis would suit grown-up spaces with wood furniture and home accessories in other natural materials.
A traditional Kilim diamond pattern but updated with wobblier, more organic lines (rather than being rigid diamond shapes), this contemporary design has been hand-woven in Afghanistan, withabstract and a-symmetrical colour pattern.
The Tabarly runner from Swoon Editions has a subtle nod to North African design with Moroccan-style shapes, but with a navy colour palette and a touch of blush, it's been brought bang up to date.
Five interior tips to steal from this ultra-stylish Scandi villa
This architectural splendor epitomizes minimalist design and will leave you feeling utterly inspired
By Megan Slack •
See how rugs, farmhouse furniture and wood beams inject instant character & charm into this sprawling new build home
High beamed ceilings, light, airy rooms and arched alcoves give this contemporary home a traditional twist. We love the wallpapers in the bedrooms too...
By Hebe Hatton •
Small backyard ideas – 10 stylish ideas for small backyards
These small backyard ideas add masses of style to small outdoor spaces
By Caroline Donald •
8 best wood beaded chandeliers: embellished beauties, big on boho style
These wood beaded chandeliers will add instant impact without for anyone wanting a glitz-free lighting centrepiece
By Lotte Brouwer •
Forget Cottagecore - Flora Fantasia by House of Hackney is Cottage hardcore
House of Hackney's Flora Fantasia collection blends the romanticised rural aesthetic with riotous punk elements
By Jacky Parker •
Bert & May's new hexagon tiles collection is tapping into one of this year's biggest micro trends
Tap into the microtrend for hexagon tiles and make myriad patterns with this new collection from Bert & May
By Jacky Parker •
Matthew Williamson’s tip for renovating a house on a budget is so simple, but incredibly effective
Renovating a house on a budget? See the savvy ways to control costs when managing an interior redesign
By Jacky Parker •
Gray living room ideas - how to get this shade right
Gray living room ideas range from moody darks to whisper pales. Read on for all the advice you’ll need to find your perfect gray paint.
By sallynarraway •
House Tours Open Door with photographer Sarah-Louise Marks
VIDEO: In our House Tours Open Door series, photographe rSarah-Louise Marks walks us round her home full of monochrome style
By Livingetc •
House Tours Open Door with interior designer Steve Nash
VIDEO: In our House Tours Open Door series the interior designer walks us round his home that is full of clever ideas
By Livingetc •