Crazy about Kilim

Lately I've been re-inspired by vintage, tribal rugs.

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Kilim rugs were originally created as prayer rugs by Turkish tribes as early as 7000 B.C. and are one of the earliest expressions of art known to humankind. Their design motifs are symbolic expressions of the cultural values and heritages of different tribes spanning the Balkans, the Middle East and Pakistan.

Adopted into western culture as decorative carpets, kilims are recognized by their geometric patterns and flat weaves, making them great rugs for everyday use. They are produced in large quantities today for the export market; however, I prefer vintage over new because they make fabulous collector's items that get better with age. Who wouldn't want to add a piece of history to a room that is uniquely their own?

If carpets can have a soul...kilims have soul! They add a fresh, casual vibe to any space and make beautiful works of art on the floor or the wall:

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Loving the vintage, tribal look? Email to learn more about Steele Interiors' tribal and antique carpet collection. Thanks for reading!

{All images via Pinterest}