In 23 Styles of Designer Rugs, Part 5 we learn why Kilim rugs and Moroccan rugs are so popular with interior designers. We derive decorating inspiration from nine stunning interiors and gain tips on where to use these rugs, the most desirable colors and patterns and buying tips.
Kilim rugs are extremely flexible and will go with almost any style of furniture as these four interiors demonstrate.
A pale gray Kilim rug with stepped diamond geometric pattern is a great complement for modern and traditional furniture and Chinoiserie wall covering in a de Gournay designed bedroom.
A custom Kilim rug with a stried blue field and brown tooth border provides a perfect anchor for museum quality paintings, antique Italian, French and English furniture upholstered in red and gold in a office and library in Tuscany designed by Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi.
A Kilim rug with natural stripes in brown, cream and pale gray adds beauty and texture to the screened porch in Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Beverly Hills home designed by architects Buff & Hensman and decorator Melinda Ritz. The natural colored wool Kilim is a perfect complement for the 19th-century trestle table and wicker armchairs.
A mid-century Persian Kilim rugcomplements a 1970s Milo Baughman cabinet and games table, and 1960’s T-Chairs by Katavolos, Kelly, Littell for Laverne International in a sitting area of a Sagaponack, New York house by Christoff: Finio Architecture.
History of Kilim rugs: Kilims are flat woven rugs handmade all the way from Eastern Europe to South Asia. A Kilim fragment dating back to the fourth or fifth century CE was discovered by archeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein during his expeditions on the Silk Road in Hotan, China.
Kilim rugs are made by interweaving weft yarns and warp threads to create a rug with a flat surface and no pile. The weft strands are usually wool and are visible on the surface of the rug and the warps are made of strong cotton threads which cannot be seen as they are completely covered by the wool weft threads. The warp threads emerge at the edges of the rug where they become fringes.
There are many types of Kilim weaves. The diagrams show just three of these.
Where to use Kilim rugs: As the four room pictures illustrate, Kilim rugs with many different decorating styles. They are perfect complements for French, English and Italian antique furniture as well as mid-century modern and contemporary styles.
Desirable Colors and Designs: Avoid Kilim rugs that are made with poor quality wool and cheap dyes. Stay away from patterns that have been mass marketed. Stay with better quality Kilim rugs and you will enjoy them for a long time. Kilim rugs come in a wide range of colors ranging from boldly colorful to natural un-dyed wool colors.
What You Need to Know About Moroccan Rugs
It is widely understood that Moroccan rugs are perfect complements for mid-century modern and contemporary furniture and art. What is not appreciated is that they also work beautifully with traditional decor as these five rooms illustrate.
A natural gray and white Moroccan with intricate squares provides a wonderful contrast to colorful pillows and traditional furniture upholstered in an intricate ethnic pattern in the living room of a Hamptons home designed by Cindy Sherman.
A natural cream and gray Ben Ourain rug complements a 70’s chair and traditional leather sofa.
A natural cream and brown Moroccan rug complements mid-century modern furniture in a living room designed by Neal Beckstedt.
A natural cream and brown Beni Ourain rug is layered on top of a sisal rug and complements mid century modern sofas upholstered in apricot and beige fabrics.
A natural cream and gray Moroccan rug adds texture and warmth to a contemporary living room with cream, yellow and lilac upholstery.
Colorful Boucherouite Berber rugs made from a variety of materials were featured in a 2010 exhibition at the Cavin Morris Gallery, New York.
Close-up detail of a Beni Ourain Moroccan rug.
Close-up detail of a custom Moroccan rug made by Asmara. This rug has a dense pile made of high quality hand spun wool and is not chemically washed so it is safe for children and pets.