How to Buy a Kilim Rug

Kilim rugs were often made by single women and their families to be placed in a dowry chest for an upcoming marriage. They were also used as tent doors and window coverings. Today, there are antique rugs for collectors as well as reproductions to be used in homes.

Authetic rugs were made primarily by hand of wool, often with some cotton mixed in for strength and beauty. Animal hair is commonly added to give the rug sheen.

Many of these rugs use symbolic language. Hopeful young women making the rugs would include symbols for fertility, long life, protection, and personal symbols of the family they were leaving. Like language, the exact symbols varied from villages and regions.

When shopping for a Kilim, beware! These special rugs comes are sometimes sold by crafty salespeople who try to sell you a rug based upon a romantic story. While parts of it might be true, the story of the rug is often exaggerated to make the rug more attractive to the buyer. Being an rug buyer may give you the advantage. You do not have to deal directly with a pushy salesman. Shopping online also gives you the ability to research and verify the rug's symbols. Remember - none of the symbols have an exact meaning. Often the women would even make up their own symbols to express their hopes and wishes.

The best way to buy one of these rugs is to just choose one that is speaks to you. Whether as area rugs or hanging displays, Kilims make beautiful additions to most any home..

See Also: Oriental Rugs

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