10 Ways to Show off Your Kilim Rugs
They’re not just for floors! Try these unique ways to feature kilim in your home.
Published Mar 20, 2017 5:00 AM
work with just about every design style these days—they’re practically a neutral. These handcrafted Turkish beauties are an attractive way to add color and flair to any room—from contemporary bedrooms to boho chic porches. Even better, they go way beyond the simple role of a rug. Yes, they make eye catching floor coverings, but wait until you see what kilim can do for other areas of the home, too.
In the Bedroom
Here, a pink kilim rug sets the tone in a neutral bedroom and is the ultimate way to add a pop of color. No need to stop with the floor—kilim pillows create a cohesive look without looking too matchy-matchy.
There is a place in every room of the house for a gorgeous kilim rug. The bathroom may not be the first place you consider when looking for a spot for a handmade rug, but it lends much needed warmth to chilly flooring. Plus, wool is stain and water resistant. A neutral toned bath gets the treatment with kilim in hot hues and a perky design.
Side by Side
Because kilims are handcrafted on small looms, it can be difficult to find a super large area rug. When using kilim as a floor covering in a larger room, throw down two or three complimentary rugs for a look that is beautiful and unique. The reason these two play well together is their similarity of colors in different designs. Plus, they match up nicely with other décor in the room.
A Bit of Everything
This room showcases the various ways you can use kilim in your home. Floor covering, pillows, and foot stool are all done up in kilim textiles of contrasting tones and patterns. To pull it off, choose pieces with one color in common. In this case, each kilim has the same neutral tone that makes the look cohesive.
On Top of Natural Fiber Rugs
Kilim textiles are flatweave, which means they take up less vertical space. They may not be quite as plush as other rug types, but this makes them ideal for layering. Throwing a brightly toned kilim over a thick jute rug adds contrast, color, and personality. Picture how different this room would look without the lively hues and interesting design of the rug.
Draped Over Furniture
Kilim is super versatile. If you have several Turkish rugs, rather than simply relegating your gorgeous finds to the floor, cover furniture and pillows in the textile, too. Here, a small sofa becomes the focal point of this funky space thanks to a rug.
Kilim Bench DIY
A kilim covered bench is an eye catching (and useful!) feature in a bedroom, living space, or entryway. Score a sweet vintage rug, and create your own perch with this DIY kilim bench how-to. Whether you need a jolt of color or a neutral palate, this is distinctive seating with a personalized touch.
Create a stand out headboard with a kilim covering. There are two basic routes you can take here: Either make a headboard upholstered with your kilim, or throw a kilim over a wooden headboard. The latter is an easier (read: instant) option that not only offers a bold statement, but softens a wooden bed. This dreamy spot may become your favorite room in the house.
Pillows and More Pillows
Attractive kilim cushions are perfect perched on furniture or used as floor seating. The combination of colors in these textiles is swoon worthy, adding depth to a light, bright room. Piled-high pillows make couches and chairs irresistibly comfortable and double as extra floor seating when entertaining guests.
Possibly the most unexpected use for kilim is as wall art. For a beautiful handmade textile that you just can’t bear to step or sit on, give it a prime spot on a bare wall. This look adds vivid color to a neutral space and warms up white walls. Use bright tones for a look that is ultra-boho, or try a kilim in muted tones for a more traditional look. That’s the beauty of kilim: something for everyone.