It is no secret to readers of this blog that kilims hold a special place in my heart. It is not that I don't love rugs, but maybe it's because kilims have historically been underappreciated that causes me to love them so. Their motifs can be as graphic and detailed as the finest hand knotted rugs, and their thin nature makes them perfect for hanging on a wall like the art that they truly are. Caring for kilims is similar to caring for hand knotted rugs. Regular vacuuming (without the beater bar), rotating and inspecting are all that is needed to keep them looking as beautiful as they can be. Every two years or so, we recommend professional kilim cleaning. The cleaning process, as shown above, involves soaking the piece in water, shampooing it thoroughly from the front and back, and rinsing it all the while controlling for any color run. Equally as important, the kilim must be thoroughly dried so as to prevent any wrinkling or shape loss. With these minimal steps, kilims can be preserved for decades, and even longer. --
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Monday, February 11, 2019
No matter how many kilims have passed through my hands, I have never tired of their great beauty, detail, and vibrancy. They can rival any painting on a wall, or any exquisite hand knotted rug. Kilims are timeless, lending themselves to any style or aesthetic.
Kilims require minimal care - similar to Oriental rugs. They require regular vacuuming (or shaking!), periodic rotation and inspection, and periodic professional kilim cleaning. We recommend kilims to be professionally cleaned every two years, though if a kilim is in a low traffic area and is not subjected to shoe traffic or pets, one can go longer between professional cleanings. With minimal care, kilims can last for centuries. --
Sunday, December 15, 2013
After professionally cleaning the kilim, attaching the kilim to a wooden loom, removing all the compromised yarns, and sourcing a matching red yarn for the weft, we rewove the weft to complete the hands on hips motif. The picture above is the final result of our repair of this section of this vibrant Konya kilim. In our next post, we will share another section that we repaired in this same kilim. --