Moroccan kilim rugs
Kilim rugs can be found in many homes and office spaces, and their popularity is only on the rise.
Moroccan kilim rugs are sought after for their worldly, well-traveled appearance. They’ve been around for centuries and they maintain a certain charm while continuing to evolve with new trends. You can find them in many homes and office spaces, and their popularity is only on the rise. Modernists like Edie Merritt love working with this rug because of its simplicity and its beautiful colors.
What is a Kilim Rug?
A Kilim Rug is a type of rug traditionally made in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. It is a flatweave made by knotting wool or cotton strings to create a textured surface. There are two major types of kilims: Berber and Moroccan.
Berber kilims are generally thicker, more woolen rugs with simple geometric shapes in reds, ochres, beiges and navy blues often with white accents. These rugs were made by nomadic people from the Berber people who used to inhabit Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
Moroccan kilims are typically finer than the Berbers’ variation due to its use of cotton rather than wool. These rugs come in both geometric patterns or curvilinear designs that are meant to imitate
What are the Benefits of Owning a Kilim Rug?
Owning a kilim rug is not just about fashion, it’s about the history and culture of the place where it originated.
As rug collectors and enthusiasts know:
- Moroccan Kilim Rugs are among the most popular and famous rugs to come out of Arab & North African countries.
- These classic pieces of hand-woven artistry are treasured for their beauty as well as the sense of tradition and family that they provide.
- They are the perfect place to sit, lay, or even relax. Some people even use them as their bed!
- A kilim rug includes the ability to infuse your home with color and personality,
- The durability and resilience of this type of rug which is perfect for high traffic areas like living spaces or kitchens.
- eco-friendly as kilims use less material than other types of mats like sisal.
How to Care for Your New (or Old) Kilim Rug
A kilim rug is a piece of art, a representation of a culture and a reminder of a time when things were simpler, but above all it is a piece of history. Although you might brush up against this artifact every day on your way to grab your morning coffee or step out of your bedroom door every morning, the chances are that you won’t know how to care for it. That’s why we’ve put together this short guide to help you make sure your beautiful rug stays beautiful.
- Regular cleaning with a vacuum. Ecological cleaning: turn over the carpet outside onto your lawn, even if wet, will absorb dust. More expensive and less natural cleaning: dry cleaning.
- Specific stain treatment cleaning (wine, mud….) : seek a professional cleaners
- Hand washing : it is advised to use water and soap. Wash your kilim outside with a hose while avoiding aggressive detergents. Use a 100% natural soap or carpet shampoo. DO NOT SOAK your kilim. DRY IT OUT FLAT outside (on the grass, gravel, avoiding tiled areas so the water can drain), as you may risk the colours bleeding.
- And of course, NEVER WASH A KILIM IN THE WASHING MACHINE !
In case of accidental stains
- Treat them immediately!
- Remove all the solid bits from th estain. Absorb all the liquid with paper towel or a towel.
You may then treat the stain : in a shallow bucket, soaking the stain. Wet the stain with clear water until it is completely diluted. Absorb the liquid with the towel or sponge and finish with a hair dryer. The faster you dry the stain, the less chance you’ll have a ring.
- Greasy stains : apply a professional stain remover for greasy stains and follow instructions
- Candle drippings : apply blotting paper over the wax, pass a hot iron over the stain until the wax is completely absorbed.