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Kilim rugs, turkish rugs, oriental rugs: What’s the difference?

I’m sure many of you there at home dream about having big oriental rug to liven up a boring living room floor. Swedish decor is generally minimalistic, which is why turkish rugs work very well in our homes. The latest trend is to produce furniture and cushion made from different rugs and we think its both fun and creative :)

However, there are many different types of rugs and carpets. What are the differences between kilim rugs, turkish rugs, and oriental rugs?

Inredningsvis gives you the facts about the most common types of rugs on the market:

Kilim, turkish, and oriental rugs

kilim rug

kilim rugs

Chairs made from hand-woven kilim rugs.

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Kilim rugs

A kilim rug is a type of carpet, and is also the name of the weaving technique used to make them. Kilim carpets are made in the Taurus mountains of Turkey and in north west Iran.

gabeh rug

Gabbeh rugs

Gabbeh means natural and primitive in Persian. Carpets and rugs are weaved by the Qashqai nomads and in towns in south west Iran. The yarn is treated and teased by hand, coloured and weaved at a thickness of up to 2 cm. Gabbeh carpets are simple, with often mono-coloured patterns.

turkish rug

Turkish rugs

Something that sets Turkish rugs apart from other carpets is that the designs very seldom depict animals or people. Turkey is a muslim country and the Coran strictly prohibits depictions of people and animals. Instead, prayer and geometric patterns are used.

The Turkish rug (also called Anatolic rug) has long played an central role for the Turkish people. The oldest Turkish carpet that has been found is more than 800 years old and is kept in the city of Konya, south of Ankara.

turkisk matta

Oriental rugs

These carpets have cleaner patterns with fewer details than Persian and Turskish rugs. Older ornaments and symbols from silk weavings, ceramics, and other forms of oriental artworks are often used. Most of these patterns can be categorized as religious or philosophical.

Two techniques are used when making oriental rugs: Open back, and closed back.

carpets and rugs

A orential rug can be beautiful in a large light minimalistic styled kitchen :)

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The best thing with rugs is that they are timeless and will most likely even outlive us. Kilim rugs, Turkish rugs, and Oriental rugs provide us with plenty of warmth, colour, and mystique here in the cold North.

I hope you’re now inspired to pick up a lovely thick Orential rug to hot up your floor at home:)

Have a great weekend and a LOVING Valentines day :)

LOVE M

  1. These rugs are gorgeous. I like the Black and white Kilim rugs because it looks so modern. The Turkish and Oriental rugs are so elegant too.

  2. Hi Maria! Hope you had a great weekend and with Jon a special Valentines day! I love rugs too, in my home there are some, in the hall, in the living room and in the bedrooms. But I didnt know the differences between each types, so interesting to know more about them. I think y fav are the Gabbeh and the Turkish rugs (as the ones I have here). Have a lovely week ahead dear, love and hugs! xo

  3. I totally adore the Kilim rugs! They sure look warm for a living room.

  4. I really enjoy Kilim pillows! It’s a great way to inject rustic color without taking over your space with a massive rug!

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Maria Ljungström is the founder and writer at Inredningsvis.se. She is an expert in interior design and has worked as a home stylist with a solid background in interior decorating. Maria likes to offer tips on how to make your home beautiful and luxurious affordably. With Inredningsvis, she has participated in several well-known media outlets such as Expressen, DN, and has written for GP Bostad.

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