ki·​lim | \ kē-ˈlēm How to pronounce kilim (audio) \
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Definition of kilim

: a pileless handwoven reversible rug or covering made in Turkey, Kurdistan, the Caucasus, Iran, and western Turkestan

Examples of kilim in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lodging The lively Sherwood Queenstown has 78 motel rooms updated in industrial-meets-bohemian style with army blankets atop beds and oversize cushions made from recycled kilim rugs. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand," 27 Feb. 2020 Over the bridge, the old city’s bazaar — lined with shops selling souvenirs, trinkets, kebabs and goatskin and kilim rugs — is deserted. Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times, "One of the oldest known human settlements is about to be swallowed whole," 3 Oct. 2019 Vintage Moroccan rugs with Berber motifs and Turkish kilims are hallmarks to the look of this style. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Bay Area home style: Say hello to beachy boho, coastal cool," 2 July 2019 Poufs, made from vintage kilims, cleverly nestle up under the six-foot-square custom coffee table that Mazzarini designed for game nights in the family room. Robert Ruffino, House Beautiful, "This Gorgeous House Was Inspired by a Southwestern Road Trip," 28 May 2019 Elsewhere, there are flintlock rifles and camel saddlebags; kilims and suzanis; chain mail shirts and Tartar helmets. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 The museum was closed for renovation, but lunch with Ms. Iuga, who wrote her thesis on rug-making in Maramures, paid off in terms of tips on where to look for kilims along the way. New York Times, "On the Rug Route in Romania, Kilims and an Enduring Culture," 4 May 2018 Every twist and turn in this sprawling indoor-outdoor space reveals a new treasure or gem, from glossy art tomes and vintage kilims to neon Fermob furniture. Genevieve Mimeault, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Travel Guide For A Coastal California Road Trip," 24 Oct. 2016 The variations of kilims, which refer to any flatweave rug, are endless. Sophia Markoulakis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bold, artisanal Turkish rugs are in demand," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of kilim

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kilim

Turkish, from Persian kilīm

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“Kilim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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