When you are buying traditional rugs for your home, it is important that you are able to differentiate between the options available and this means having a bit of background in rug terminology. For instance, you may be faced with the option of choosing a traditional carpet or a traditional kilim. Knowing the difference will help you make the right decision.
A kilim is different from a carpet in the weave used to produce it. Kilim rugs are traditional hand-woven rugs that are flat-woven and consequently have no pile. This makes them a very attractive option if you are looking for something particularly lightweight and simple, but that still offers that cultural connection with the origins of rug-making.
Carpets by contrast do have a pile. This means they are thicker and heavier. They are not quite as delicate by they are more luxurious and they are still made using traditional techniques.
Of course, these days it’s possible to get traditional rugs that have those wonderful traditional designs and motifs but that don’t carry the price tag of hand-woven rugs because they are made using machines. This means all budgets are covered when it comes to traditional rugs.