Kilim rugs can be used in many decorative ways — over furniture and on other surfaces including floors.
In terms of decor adaptability, the most versatile carpets have to be kilim rugs. This flat-woven textile is reversible, making it a great floor covering and pliable enough to use as upholstery. A fairly lightweight rug, especially in smaller sizes, kilims are tribal (geometric) in design and have a nubby texture. The color palettes run the gamut, allowing them to integrate smoothly into both traditional and modern settings.
Proof of its yielding construction is evident in the kilim draped over the head rail of a bed, creating a quasi headboard. It hangs evenly and the rich colors are a superb backdrop for white linens.
Small sizes are ideal to use as table runners. Additionally, worn kilims can be snagged at bargain prices and often have random areas that are still salvageable and perfect for use as table decorations and pillows.
This patchwork kilim runner looks striking against a painted staircase.
This kilim-covered ottoman in earthy hues of brown has star shaped motifs in the same shade as the sofa. It sits on, and blends nicely with, a Moroccan rug.
This particular kilim most impressive as the colors in the photo are very true to life. The dyes used in some kilims are exceptionally intense. Designer Bunny Williams shows one way to balance the intensity by drenching the walls of this bedroom in the same gorgeous shade of persimmon found in the rug.
Woven in colors of the sun and sea, this kilim cozies up a romantic ocean view balcony in Costa Rica.
(Sources: Sunset Magazine, Commune Design, Bunny Williams, Mariposas del Sol)
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