Geometric kilim rug pillows are colorful and durable accessories made from repurposed flat-weave rugs.
I often see rugs that are too threadbare to warrant investing time or money in to repair so using them for kilim rug pillows makes sense. Flat woven rugs like kilims are particularly susceptible to wear because they do not have a pile, thus the warps are subjected to a lot of abrasion. Due to the placement of a rug, sometimes it will only be walked on in a certain area, leaving the remainder in very good shape. An alternative to discarding a rug in this condition is to utilize the good portions for other purposes.
Whether creating your own or purchasing a pillow already made, look for those that have a zipper closure with an insert that can be removed. This allows you to easily clean the cover which is important, especially with kilim style rugs as they are woven of wool warps and wefts, making them particularly susceptible to moths.
In addition to kilims, any soft, pliable low napped rug can be used for pillows, footstools or chair covers. If you have a rug in poor condition, consider repurposing it. Before discarding any old worn rug, check with your local dealer to evaluate its condition or to inquire if they can use portions of the rug. Many of my customers have given me rugs in poor shape to use for patching holes. With the multitude of rug styles and designs, I know I am always thrilled to accept these cast offs (the older the better) to add to my collection of pieces.
(Sources: Tribal Home, Pottery Barn, Grandin Road)
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