ki·​lim | \kē-ˈlēm \
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Definition of kilim 

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

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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 The furnishings consisted of mid- century pieces that Komenda juxtaposed with leather sofas, rustic tables, and vintage kilim pillows. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "How to Design a Pair of Family Cabins," 22 Jan. 2018 The bedding is by the White Company, the vintage indigo throw is Indian, the 18th- century Danish trunk is from a Tel Aviv, Israel, flea market, and the kilim is from Roam Antiques. Elisabeth Malkin, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: A Bohemian Retreat In San Miguel de Allende Reflects Local Traditions," 20 Feb. 2018 Or maybe an Uzbek lamb fest among the cushions and floor-to-ceiling kilims at Suzani. Craig Laban,, "Where to eat on Valentine's Day," 12 Feb. 2018 Perla’s handsome banquets and walnut tables have been replaced by décor suggestive of a Pinterest-perfect living room: slouchy leather couches, midcentury arm chairs, rumpled kilim rugs and many, many succulents. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "How We’ll Dine in 2018: The Rise of the All-Day Menu," 20 Dec. 2017 The sofa in the den is from DDC, the Hans Wegner lounge chair is from Wyeth, and the vintage cocktail table is by Milo Baughman; the painting is by Park Ito and the rug is an early-20th-century Turkish kilim. Gregory Cerio, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A New York City Apartment That Embraces Bohemian Style," 3 Aug. 2016

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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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