Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trending: Colorful Kilims

I love Pinterest. Before Pinterest, if you wanted to keep track of inspirational photos you either had to tear out pages from magazines and keep them in a folder or notebook, or you bookmarked websites with pretty images on your computer. Now with Pinterest, you can put all your favorite home images on one board that is easily accessible and quick to scroll through.

When I’m feeling uninspired, I’ll browse though my “Inspiring Rooms” board to see what kinds of rooms I’ve been pinning lately. If you scroll through the board quickly you can pick up on certain trends: for instance, there’s a lot of pink, a lot of blue, more living spaces versus kitchens, etc, and lots of fabulous light fixtures.

I also noticed I’ve been pinning rooms with bright and bold patterned kilims. A kilim is simply a flat-woven rug, traditionally made in Turkey and other countries in the eastern part of the world, but now made commercially all over the world. I love the impact a brightly colored and patterned kilim can add to a room. Take a look:


Amber Interiors via House Beautfiul

inspired living room

via Inspired by Charm


via Young House Love

JG rug

Kimberly Genevieve via A Cup of Jo

at rug

via Design*Sponge

There are loads of fabulous vintage kilims available on Etsy and Ebay, but if you want a brand new one from a retail store here are some great options for you.

(P.S. I really had the urge to title this post “Kolorful Kilims,” but I refrained. You’re welcome.)



From top left: Phoenix Wool Dhurrie Rug, West Elm / Recycled Silk Flatwoven Rug, World Market / Saville Stripe Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Pottery Barn / Torres Wool Kilim, West Elm / Karter Kilim Rug, Pottery Barn / Safavieh Suzani Rug, Rugs USA / Monaco Horizon Sari Silk Pink Rug, Rugs USA / Aqua and Black Medallion Rug, World Market


Do you think you would use a bright kilim like one of the above in your house, or do you like to stick to something more traditional? And I’m curious to know if you guys prefer using vintage rugs or new rugs in your home? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I'm loving this kilim trend! I would love to get one for my house, but I haven't been able to pull the trigger on one yet. I'm worried that since I have so much other color, it will seem too busy. Maybe someday, though:) Hope you're having a great day!

    1. Hi Kari! I love color, and I'm betting there's a great colorful kilim out there that will work with your decor, but if you want to play it safe I'm also a huge fan of a black and white striped dhurrie like this one: