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Kuba Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Kuba Kilim rug. An old tribal Kilim rug from the Caucasus with somewhat unusual design.
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Early 20th Century Azerbaijani Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Kuba Kilim Rug
Kuba Kilim Rug
W 66 in L 124 in
Antique Kilim Rug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Antique Kilim rug Measurement: 9'8" x 11'10".
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Early 1900s Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Kilim Rug
W 117.6 in L 133.2 in
Antique Kagizman Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Kagizman Kilim rug. An antique Kurdish Kilim rug with great design and colors.
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Early 20th Century Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Fethiye Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Fethiye Kilim rug. A superb antique kilim rug that would have been draped over the leading
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19th Century Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Kagizman Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Kagizman Kilim rug. Beautiful Kurdish kilim rug from Eastern Turkey, with a warm color
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19th Century Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Turkish Kilim Rug
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Antique Turkish Kilim rug Measures: 5'8" x 9'.
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Early 20th Century Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Shavak Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Shavak Kilim rug. A magnificent antique Kilim rug from a small Kurdish group in Eastern
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19th Century Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

Antique Shavak Kilim Rug
Antique Shavak Kilim Rug
W 72 in L 169 in
Prayer Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Prayer Kilim rug. A very nice example of a well-known type. Great graphics featuring an abstract
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Early 20th Century Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Prayer Kilim Rug
Prayer Kilim Rug
W 57 in L 99 in
Antique Shirvan Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Shirvan Kilim rug. A lovely antique Caucasian Kilim rug with a simple design and soft color
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19th Century Azerbaijani Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Sharkoy Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Sharkoy Kilim rug. A finely woven antique kilim rug from the border region between present
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Late 19th Century Serbian Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Sharkoy Kilim Rug
Antique Sharkoy Kilim Rug
W 129 in L 150 in
Antique Caucasian, Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Caucasian, Kilim rug, size: 4'9" x 17'0".
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1890s Caucasian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Turkish Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Turkish Kilim rug. Size: 5'0" x 10'8".
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1850s Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Aksaray Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Aksaray Kilim rug. An impressive example of Anatolian Kilim rug tradition from Central
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19th Century Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Shahsavan Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Shahsavan Kilim rug. Very good, older example of a well-known type of rug from the Caucasus
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19th Century Azerbaijani Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Shahsavan Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Shahsavan Kilim rug. A beautiful antique tribal flat-weave from Azerbaijan, rug is
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Late 19th Century Azerbaijani Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Cotton, Wool

Superb Antique Bayburt Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Superb antique Bayburt Kilim rug. A great antique kilim rug from Northeastern Turkey, finely woven
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Late 19th Century Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Shahsavan Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Shahsavan Kilim rug. Very good, older example of a well-known type of rug from the Caucasus.
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19th Century Azerbaijani Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Erzurum Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Erzurum Kilim rug. A highly unusual antique Kilim rug from a region in Eastern Turkey that
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Late 19th Century Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Karabagh Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Karabagh Kilim rug. Highly stylized floral designs in Karabagh, Armenia can be traced back to
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Early 20th Century Armenian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Karabagh Kilim Rug
Karabagh Kilim Rug
W 85 in L 139 in
Antique Central Anatolian Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Central Anatolian Kilim rug. A great example of Anatolian Kilim rug weaving from the 19th
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Late 19th Century Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Impressive Antique Konya Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Konya Kilim rug. A fantastic antique kilim rug from Central Anatolia, with its larger-than
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19th Century Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Kuba Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Kuba Kilim rug. A very handsome Caucasian tribal flat-weaver rug, featuring a well-known
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Early 20th Century Azerbaijani Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Kuba Kilim Rug
Antique Kuba Kilim Rug
W 68 in L 125 in
Antique Floral Bessarabian Kilim Rug
Located in Los Angeles, US
Antique Floral Bessarabian Kilim Rug
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Early 20th Century Other Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Antique Floral Bessarabian Kilim Rug
Antique Floral Bessarabian Kilim Rug
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W 57 in L 96 in
Large Antique Oushak Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Large antique Oushak Kilim rug. A large format antique kilim rug, woven in the Oushak region of
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Late 19th Century Turkish Oushak Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Turkmen Palas, Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Turkmen Palas, Kilim rug. An impressive tribal flatweave rug from the Yomud Turkmen tribes.
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Early 1900s Turkmen Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Cotton, Goat Hair, Wool

Qashqai Kilim Rug, c. 1900
Located in San Francisco, CA
Qashqai Kilim Rug, c. 1900 Additional Information: Dimensions: 9'0" L x 4'6" W
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19th Century Persian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Senneh Kilim Rug, c. 1900
Located in San Francisco, CA
Senneh Kilim Rug, c. 1900 Additional information: Dimensions: 3'10" W x 6'2" L
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19th Century Persian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Bakhtiari Kilim Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
An early 20th century Persian Bakhtiari Kilim rug with all-over geometric pattern with a diamond
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Early 20th Century Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Bessarabian Kilim Rug, c.1920s
Located in Savannah, GA
A Bessarabian Kilim rug, circa 1920s. 76 by 117 inches
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1920s Moldovan Other Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Turkish Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Turkish Kilim Rug 5'7'' x 6'10''. A naturally abrashed light brown field is divided into a
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1920s Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Shirvan Kilim Rug, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Shirvan Kilim Rug, 19th Century Additional Information: Dimensions: 5'0" W x 10'0" L Origin
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19th Century Caucasian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Turkish Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Turkish Kilim rug measures 4'5'' x 5'4''. Now much reduced at each end, this Anatolian
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1920s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Kilim Rug 1'2'' x 2'5''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Kilim Rug 1'2'' x 2'5''.
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1650s Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Kilim Rug 4'9'' x 7'9''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Kilim Rug 4'9'' x 7'9''.
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1650s Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Antique Kilim Rug 3'0" x 4'11''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Kilim rug 3' x 4'11''.
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1920s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Kilim Rug 2'4'' x 4'10''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Kilim rug 2'4'' x 4'10''.
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1650s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Kilim Rug 5'4'' x 10'6''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Kilim rug 5'4'' x 10'6''.
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1650s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

"Tree-of-life with Birds" Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
"Tree-of-life with birds" Kilim rug. An impressive, large format kilim rug from The Balkans
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Early 20th Century Balkan Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Senneh Kilim Rug
Located in Gainesville, VA
A stunning Antique Senneh Kilim rug that measures in at 3’6” width and 4’10” length. These rugs are
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Early 1900s Persian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

19th Century, Qazvin Kilim Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A wonderful late 19th century Persian Qazvin Kilim rug with a beautiful all-over tree-of-life
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19th Century Persian Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Shahsevan Kilim Rug, Late 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Shahsevan Kilim Rug, Late 19th Century Additional information: Dimensions: 6'0" W x 10'3" L
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Late 19th Century Caucasian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Bidjar Kilim Rug, Early 20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Bidjar Kilim Rug, Early 20th Century Additional Information: Dimensions: 6'10" L x 4'4" W
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Early 20th Century Persian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Geometric Red and Beige Wool Kilim Rug by Rug & Kilim
By Rug & Kilim
Located in Long Island City, NY
More than 80 years old originating from Turkey, between 1920-1930, this antique Kilim rug hosts an
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1920s Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Earl 20th Century Senneh Kilim Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A gorgeous early 20th century Persian camel hair Senneh Kilim rug with a wonderful diamond
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Early 1900s Asian Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Moroccan Kilim Rug
Located in WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
A fashioned Moroccan Kilim rug in an embossed symbols makes your space more feminine. Diamonds are
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Early 20th Century Moroccan Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Bessarabian Kilim Rug, Early 20th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Bessarabian Kilim Rug, Early 20th Century Additional Information: Dimensions: 8'0" W x 11'2" L
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Early 20th Century European Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Senneh Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique Senneh Kilim rug measures 4'7'' x 6'8''. The slit-tapestry rugs (kilims) of Sehna in
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Early 1900s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Anatolian Fethyie Kilim Rug, c. 1800
Located in San Francisco, CA
Anatolian Fethyie Kilim Rug, c. 1800 Collection of Sam Barakat. Additional Information
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18th Century Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Central Anatolian Kilim Rug with "Tulips"
Located in New York, NY
Antique Central Anatolian Kilim rug with "tulips". A beautiful antique Kilim rug from Central
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Early 1900s Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Superb Antique East Anatolian Kilim Rug
Located in New York, NY
Antique East Anatolian Kilim rug. A fantastic antique Kilim rug of large size from Northeast Turkey
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19th Century Turkish Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Swedish Kilim Rug 3'5'' x 6'6''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Kilim rug 3'5'' x 6'6''.
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1650s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

1910s Antique Kilim Rug
Located in Los Angeles, US
Antique rugs that are called “Kilim rugs”, primarily refer to a type of flat weave rug that was
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Early 1900s Asian Other Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

1910s Antique Kilim Rug
1910s Antique Kilim Rug
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W 101 in L 109 in
Vintage Swedish Kilim Rug 4'6'' x 6'8''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Swedish Kilim rug,measures : 4'6'' x 6'8''.
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1650s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool, Cotton

Early 20th Century Kuba Kilim Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
A rare and stunning early 20th century Persian Kuba kilim rug with a striking large-scale muli
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Early 1900s Azerbaijani Tribal Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Early 20th Century Karabakh Kilim Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
An antique, early 20th century Persian Karabakh Kilim rug with beautiful and bold floral pattern
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Early 20th Century Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Persian Shahsevan Kilim Rug, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Antique Northwest Persian Shahsevan Kilim Rug, 19th Century Additional information: Dimensions
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19th Century Persian Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Antique Anatolian Bayburt Kilim Rug, 19th Century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Antique Anatolian Bayburt Kilim Rug, 19th Century Additional Information: Dimensions: 7'4" L x 4'3
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19th Century Turkish Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Extraordinary Early 20th Century Shirvan Kilim Rug
Located in Chicago, IL
An extraordinary early 20th century Persian Shirvan kilim rug with myriad multicolored and
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Early 20th Century Persian Kilim Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

Vintage Kilim Rug 3'2'' x 5'8''
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Kilim rug 3'2'' x 5'8''. This rustic textile shows irregular horizontal abrashed rust
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1650s Antique Kilim Rugs

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Cotton, Silk

Antique Persian Bidjar Kilim Rug, c. 1900
Located in San Francisco, CA
Antique Persian Bidjar Kilim Rug, c. 1900 Additional Information: Dimensions: 4'11" L x 3'7" W
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19th Century Persian Antique Kilim Rugs

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Wool

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Shopping for Antique Kilim Rugs for Your Home?

Known for their wealth of rich colors and unique weaving tradition, antique and vintage kilim rugs are one of the most distinguishable types of rugs. The term “kilim” is Turkish in origin, but many variations of this type of textile share a common heritage and are practiced all across the Balkans, throughout the Arab world and elsewhere. There are Persian kilim rugskilim rugs from Central Asia and more. 

It is difficult to definitively pin down the origins of kilim weaving, which is known as a “flatweave” or “slit-weave,” but historians believe that skilled artisans may have practiced versions of it as early as the eighth and ninth centuries A.D. in the Anatolia region of Turkey. Many of the Turkish iterations of these flat-woven rugs are recognizable for their arrangements of dazzling, flowing forms, but a range of motifs can appear in kilim rugs — abstract figures that reference rams’ horns, snakes or running water or motifs that are intended to symbolize concepts such as the tree of life or fertility. In Anatolia, women have used kilims to share narratives about their lives. 

The difference between a kilim rug and most other kinds of carpets or pile rugs is in the aforementioned weave. They are made by interweaving variously colored, individual strands of wool (pure soft cotton, silk and goat’s hair are also used with the wool, albeit rarely) versus, say, the Tabriz rugs of Iran, which are hand-knotted rugs. This results in a smooth, frequently reversible surface. It’s a slit-weave because of the gap left between two blocks of color. Kilims are created on a loom, a typically uncomplicated structure mostly made of wood. Owing to the creative freedom that a slit-weave can afford its weaver, they tend to feature a range of bright, contrasting hues like reds, oranges and pinks that appear in bold combinations with deep blues and greens that are brought to life with natural dyes.

Handwoven kilim rugs are less expensive to produce and more durable than other rugs. They were traditionally used as floor coverings in mosques and yurts, as prayer rugs and saddle coverings. And these textiles are pileless: Whereas the Beni Ourain rugs of Morocco can be described as dense with a thick surface or pile, an authentic kilim rug is thin and flat. Because the resulting weave is lightweight, kilim rugs are well adapted for use in the hot summer months, and they are happily embraced by tribal weavers of Morocco, a part of the world that is home to many styles of rugs

With their striking geometric patterns and provocative color pairings, kilim rugs and wall tapestries are loved by design enthusiasts and can bring charm and interest into any dining room, living room or other interior space.

Find kilim rugs and textiles and other vintage rugs on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right rugs-carpets for You

Good antique rugs and vintage rugs have made their way into homes across the globe, becoming fixtures used for comfort, prayer and self-expression, so choosing the right area rug is officially a universal endeavor.

In modern usage, “carpet” typically denotes a wall-to-wall floor cushioning that is fixed to the floor. Rugs, on the other hand, are designed to cover a specific area and can easily be moved to new locations. However, the terms are interchangeable in many parts of the world, and, in the end, it won’t matter what you decide to call it.

It’s well known that a timeless Persian rug or vintage Turkish rug can warm any interior, but there are lots of other styles of antique rugs to choose from when you're endeavoring to introduce fresh colors and textures to a bedroom or living room.

Moroccan Berber rugs are not all about pattern. In fact, some of the most striking examples are nearly monochrome. But what these rugs lack in complexity, they make up for in brilliant color and subtle variation. Moroccan-style interiors can be mesmerizing — a sitting room of this type might feature a Moroccan rug, carved wooden screens and a tapestry hung behind the sofa.

Handwoven kilim rugs, known for their wealth of rich colors and unique weaving tradition, are pileless: Whereas the Beni Ourain rugs of Morocco can be described as dense with a thick surface or pile, an authentic kilim rug is thin and flat. (The term “kilim” is Turkish in origin, but this type of textile artistry is practiced all across the Balkans, throughout the Arab world and elsewhere.) 

When it comes to eye-catching floor coverings, the distinctive “medallion” pattern of Oushak rugs has two types of rounded shapes alternating against a rich red or blue background created with natural dyes, while the elaborate “star” pattern involves large eight-pointed shapes in diagonal rows alternating with diamonds.  

If you’re looking for something unexpected, find a runner rug that pops in your hallway or on your stairs. Dig for dazzling geometric patterns in our inventory of mid-century modern rugs and carpets, which includes works designed by the likes of Swedish textile masters Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Marianne Richter and other artisans. 

Carpets and rugs have been around for thousands of years. Prehistoric humans turned to animal skin, wool and fur to craft simple fabrics to soften hard terrain. A 2016 study suggests that "cave lions" were hunted for exactly this purpose, and that decorating your cave with their pelts may have conferred strength and prestige. Although many of these early textiles are still in existence, tracing their precise origins is difficult. Carpets quickly became such a valuable trade commodity that the weavings could easily travel far from their places of origin. 

The oldest known carpet was found in southern Siberia. (It may have traveled there from Persepolis in Iran.) For the flat-weave floor rugs crafted by Native Americans, cotton was the primary material before sheep’s wool was introduced in the 16th century. In Europe, carpet-making was fundamental to folk art, and Asian carpets imported to European countries were at one time considered a precious luxury and not intended to remain permanently on the floor. 

With the variety of area rugs and carpets rolled out for you on 1stDibs — a collection that includes traditional, modern, minimalist rugs and other coverings of all kinds — things will be looking up whenever you’re looking down. 

Questions About Antique Kilim Rugs
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Determining the age of a rug often depends on the style of rug because different styles have evolved at their own rates and with their own characteristics. One thing you can look for is a date; some rugs weave the year into the border. Another thing to make note of is the color of the rug. Bright dyes and synthetic fibers weren’t available until the 1920s for rugs, so authentic antique rugs will have muted tones. Shop a collection of vetted antique rugs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Kilim rugs are identified by their flat weaving technique using two sets of wool ropes. The rugs also have no pile because of this hand-woven technique. You’ll find a variety of Kilim rugs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A kilim rug is a tapestry-woven rug known for its brilliantly colored, geometric patterns. This type of rug is traditionally made in parts of the Middle East. It can be purely decorative or even function as a prayer rug.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021
    A Turkish kilim rug is a pileless, tapestry-woven rug that can be used for decorative purposes or as a prayer rug. They are produced by interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave and typically feature geometrically ornate designs. Shop a collection of vintage and designer Turkish kilim rugs from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • Nazmiyal
    NazmiyalMarch 23, 2021
    Generally speaking, Dhurrie rugs are cotton flat weaves from India while Kilims are flat woven wool rugs from different location around the world.
    1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    The difference between Kilim and Dhurrie rugs is the location of creation. Kilim is a name for a flat-woven rug created in Persia. Dhurrie, on the other hand, is a name for a flat-woven rug made in India. Shop Kilim and Dhurrie rugs on 1stDibs.
  • Nazmiyal
    NazmiyalMarch 23, 2021
    Usually these are rugs that are younger than 80 years old but not new (so things that are between 70 - 30 years old roughly)
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Opinions on how old a rug has to be to be considered antique vary. However, most experts will apply the label to any rug produced more than 100 years ago, and call floor coverings produced 50 to 100 years ago vintage. Shop a variety of antique rugs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few red flags you should look for in determining if you have an antique Persian rug. Firstly, check the fringe. Fringes on a Persian rug form from the end of warp yarns, and won’t be sewn on the back. Also check the colors. They should be crisp, with no bleeding of the dyes. Shop a collection of authentic Persian rugs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • Nazmiyal
    NazmiyalMarch 23, 2021
    The most expensive antique Persian rug ever sold in auction (so far) is $34,000,000. But the vast majority will cost under $100,000.