ki·​lim kē-ˈlēm How to pronounce kilim (audio)
variants or less commonly
: 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 For Jane, the ideal option falls somewhere in the middle between short pile rugs, which include flat-weave kilims, and long-pile rugs, like shags or faux fur options. Bridget Mallon, Sunset Magazine, 7 Sep. 2023 Beautifully patterned Turkish rugs like the heirloom-quality kilims, sumaks, and oushaks Woven Goods Co. sells are experiencing a resurgence because of their timeless aesthetic but also their longevity and unexpected livability. Elizabeth Hutchison Hicklin, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 The sconces are by Vaughan, the kilim is from West Elm, and the artworks were purchased in London and Paris. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 15 Aug. 2023 Layering a vintage kilim over a natural sisal rug acts as an attractive barrier against water, sand, and other elements. 02 Colorful Living Room Crisp whites combined with punches of bright colors immediately transport you to the coast. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 From silk and kilim to sea grass and bamboo, these fabrics and materials weave their way into this fruit-basket makeover. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 For houses with felines, Finley recommends low-pile flatweaves, such as kilims, since there are no large loops for little claws to yank out. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, 15 June 2023 But Res Ipsa, an eclectic clothier specializing in kilim loafers and one-of-a-kind garments made from repurposed fabrics, has been on a store-opening streak. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 10 May 2023 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, 27 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


Turkish, from Persian kilīm

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kilim was in 1881

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“Kilim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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