It took me a little while to warm up to the kilim rug trend. I thought they might only work in a very specific type of decor. But over the last couple of years, I've been incorporating them into my home and have found them to be more and more versatile. Named for their flat tapestry weaving technique, kilims are a great way to instantly infuse color and pattern into your space.

March 04, 2016

Have a room that falls a little flat? One reason kilim rugs have gained such popularity in recent years is because they add a certain well-traveled vibe to any design. Known for their rich hues, these rugs offer a perfect way to experiment with adding an unexpected color to your space. Photographer Tessa Neustadt perfectly captures this rug from Amber Interiors.

Making an Entrance

There's not always a lot of space to decorate when it comes to an entryway. Even if you're short on wall and surface space, a smaller kilim rug or runner can create a warm, welcoming spot. Their tight weave also makes them a great option for high-traffic areas. I love this rug from Wit and Delight!

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A Punch of Color in the Kitchen

You may have seen several images of kilim rugs in kitchens. Cabinets -- whether painted or natural -- are obviously a major design element. Throwing some pattern on the floor helps to visually break up the weight of the cabinets and adds some color to what may otherwise be a pretty neutral space, like this example from Emily A. Clark. The busy patterns also make kilim rugs fairly easy to spot clean as needed.

Hang It Up

Not all rugs have to go on the floor. Kilims in particular can be rich enough in pattern and color to serve as statement art on the wall. The right rug can work well hanging behind a sofa, above an entry bench, or above a bed as a makeshift headboard, such as this rug from Project Bly.

Playful Pattern Mix

Even if you love the look of a kilim rug, throwing one into the mix may feel a little intimdiating when it comes to pairing it with other patterns in a room. Fortunately, there aren't a lot of rules when it comes to pattern play and kilims. Don't overthink it! Focus more on the overall color scheme, because these rugs actually work well with almost any pattern. Mix it in with florals, stripes, animal prints, and even geometrics on your other textiles for a fun, eclectic style.

Love the look but not sure where to start shopping? I shared one of my favorite online sources for kilim rugs here.


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