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The art of making pileless rugs,Kilims,developed much earlier than knotted rug weaving.
Becaue of their lightness,strength and easy folding kilims were among the most cherished possessions of
the ancient tent civilizations.
Today in Anatolia,almost every household still has a kilim loom.
Every turkish rug,through its patterns,resembles a collection of messages,beliefs and feelings.
They are declarations of dreams on which special expectations are enshirened.
Every Kilim rug represents a living history from the early ages to the present in which women have patiently and
untiringly written their joys and dreams in amazing codes and magic letters for you to read.
In addition,versatility has led to many additional uses such as pillows.salt bags,wall hangings and bed covers.
As well as being one of the most indespensible/desirable interior decoration items,
Kilim rugs have long been a precious gift item,migrating on ancient routs of conquest and trade,
carrying their patterns from one place to another.
Anatolia,with its unfettered commitment to the craft of kilim rug weaving still has innumerable looms
in operation today and Turkish kilim rugs have evolved into the pinnicle of this art form.
Turkish Women's hands still weave kilim rugs with the experience of thousands of years behind them and
continue to provide the world with these beautiful pieces of versatile art.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy bringing their beauty to you!
This is the technique used most frequently for the flatwoven rugs and hangings called kilims.
Slit tapestry is also used for bags, pictorial tapestries, and other articles.
The weavings are usually weft-faced, meaning that the warp is covered completely;the surface is ribbed in a vertical direction.
Warp yarns are those that were affixed to the loom; weft yarns are those that were interlaced with the warps.
Kilims are produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. Most kilim weaves are "weft-facing", i.e., the horizontal weft strands are pulled tightly downward so that they hide the vertical warp strands.
When the end of a color boundary is reached, the weft yarn is wound back from the boundary point. Thus, if the boundary of a field is a straight vertical line, a vertical slit forms between the two different color areas where they meet. For this reason, most kilims can be classed as "slit woven" textiles. The slits are beloved by collectors, as they produce very sharp-etched designs, emphasizing the geometry of the weave. Weaving strategies for avoiding slit formation, such as interlocking, produce a more blurred design image.
The weft strands, which carry the visible design and color, are almost always wool, whereas the hidden warp strands can be either wool or cotton. The warp strands are visible only at the ends, where they emerge as the fringe. This fringe is usually tied in bunches, to ensure against loosening or unraveling of the weave.