Kilim rugs are everywhere, with modern interpretations offeringbold, graphic patterns in everything from pastel shades to neons and even monochrome (opens in new tab).
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 (opens in new tab) style furniture.
Fab in hallways, living rooms (opens in new tab), dining rooms (opens in new tab), bedrooms (opens in new tab) and even in kitchens (opens in new tab) – or hang one on a wall for a fun twist; acolourful Kilim makes an awesome wall hanging in an otherwise neutral room.
Like Berber rugs (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.
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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) is so subtle, it would work in most minimal and contemporary schemes as well as the more mutedrustic (opens in new tab) or Scandi (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) is pretty punchy. Super fun for kid's rooms (opens in new tab) and playrooms, and for daring, retro-inspired spaces.
The diamond patterned R93 Kilim (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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