The kilim is a flat tapestry-woven rug with a long history in Turkey, with designs varying from region to region. These vintage kilim, made between the 1930s and 1950s, are made of Anadolu çuvalı or Anatolian jute-wool, ensuring a long lifespan. This particular material was used as a carrier to transport the belongings of one’s family when travelling throughout the Anatolian landscape. These sacs were the ideal vehicle to carry wool or dried goods. In fact, they are often referred to as “grain bags.” When the carrier was no longer needed, it could have been opened and cut and used as a rug or covering.
The kilim is handcrafted and brought in from all reaches of the country. Of the South Anatolian rugs, horizontal bands frame more intricate geometric designs with dark earthy colors and lines of white. Roundels are filled with smaller motifs with symbols of hooks symbolizing prospertity and marriage. The motifs are chosen and sewn into the rug by the weaver as a wish to whomever uses the rug. This beautiful vintage kilim has been chosen for its tight knits and long-lasting quality. It will add a rustic quality and a great story to any space.