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Old kilims for interior decoration [How to choose, original purpose, and how to incorporate according to the room]

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A kilim with a brightly colored design makes a statement on its own. You can place it as a rug in the most prominent space of the living room, or you can use it luxuriously in the hallway. It is also recommended to hang it on a table or furniture as a cloth.

Many kilims come in brightly colored designs, so the atmosphere of the room will be influenced by which kilim you choose. Here, for those who are thinking of incorporating kilim into their interiors, we will tell you how to choose a kilim, its original purpose, and how to incorporate it skillfully. If you want to make your space even more stylish and comfortable than it is now, please give it a try.

How to choose a kilim

Kilims and rugs are items that can make a space look stylish, but they come in a variety of sizes and designs, and some people may be confused when choosing one. Therefore, we will introduce the points to consider when choosing a kilim, divided into "size" and "color/design."

Select by size

When purchasing a kilim or rug, one of the important points is the size. If you choose without paying attention to the size, you may end up saying, ``It's bigger than I expected and it feels oppressive...'' or ``When I actually put it in the room, it's smaller than I imagined, and I'm disappointed.''


Design and color are important, but let's also pay attention to size.

Kilims were originally used by nomads in their daily lives, so they come in a variety of sizes. We will introduce what sizes are available and the recommended uses for each size, so if you are thinking of purchasing a kilim, please use this as a reference.

many kilims spread on the floor

◇Small size (length and width within 100cm each)

Small kilims can be used as decorations such as wall hangings and tapestries, as well as entrance mats and bathroom mats. If you want to use it as a rug, we recommend placing it next to a larger kilim for a stylish look.


◇Normal size (100cm to 150cm)

Regular-sized kilims can be used as entrance mats, in front of sofas, or as accent rugs. Due to its convenient size, you can add it to any place you want to create a stylish atmosphere.


◇Large size (length 150cm or more)

A large kilim can make a statement even by itself, so it's a good idea to place it in the large living room of your home, under the dining table, or as a center rug. A kilim with a bright design can instantly change the atmosphere of a space. Please try incorporating it when you want to change your appearance and improve your mood.


◇Slender runner type

The long, slender runner type kilim can be used as a hallway rug or kitchen mat. Depending on the size, it is also recommended as a table runner for the dining table, creating an oriental table coordination.


It is important to decide on the size after firmly deciding which room you will incorporate the kilim into and what purpose it will be used for.

Choose by color and design

Just like choosing a painting, we recommend purchasing a kilim in the color and design you like. Kilims do not have the same color or design, so if you purchase them with the same ``encounter'' in mind as with paintings, you will be able to use them for a long time.


Kilims are woven with various motifs, and each motif has a meaning. For example, stars are a wish for happiness, flowers (seeds) are a symbol of prosperity for descendants, dragons are a symbol of good harvest and abundance, and a wolf's mouth is a ward off evil eye. Please look into the meanings of these motifs and find one that is uniquely yours.


Next, I will tell you about choosing by color. Generally, whitish colors tend to be avoided as they show dirt. People tend to choose dark colors to prevent stains from spilled drinks or food, but kilims are stain-resistant fabrics. Even if it gets dirty, you can easily clean it, so we recommend choosing a color that you really like and a design that matches the place where you will use it.

Various Kilims 02

When choosing colors to match interior decor such as sofas and tables, as well as the floor color, keeping the overall tone in mind will ensure a well-balanced look. For example, if your flooring is dark, choose a light color, and if your flooring is light, choose a dark color.


In addition, you need to consider the brightness of the room. If your room doesn't get a lot of natural light, choosing a dark-colored kilim just because the flooring is light will create a heavy and dark atmosphere overall. In this way, it is important to consider the tone balance of the entire room, rather than making decisions based on the brightness of only one part of the room.


When choosing a kilim, it is important to consider not only the size, color, and design, but also the interior of the room, the color of the floor, the brightness of the space, etc. Before purchasing, try to imagine the space you want to incorporate the kilim into.

A life with kilim...

Kilims are used for a variety of purposes in the daily lives of nomads, and are called by different names depending on their purpose. We will introduce you to what kind of purposes it is used by nomads. Also, how you use kilim is important because just one piece can completely change the atmosphere of a space. We will also introduce how to incorporate it into your current interior, so please refer to it.

Original use and name of kilim

Kilims have a variety of uses, but did you know that they are called by different names depending on their purpose? From here, we will introduce the uses of nomadic kilims and the names for each use.



A kilim used for a dining table. The long and narrow ones are called dining souffles, and the square ones are called flower souffles. It is used for eating meals around a dining souffle, or for making bread by kneading flour on top of a flower souffle.

Coffee and sweets on the table and kilim on the sofa


A box-shaped kilim is a case for storing clothes, tableware, etc. In addition to being used as a case, it is also used as a cradle for babies to sleep in, and can be folded up into a small size when not in use.



It has a cushion-like shape, and is used as a storage bag for storing grain or as a container for valuables. The grade of the weave differs depending on what is put inside, and the more valuable things are put in, the more luxurious the design becomes.



It has a bag on both sides and is used to hang on the back of a camel or donkey. Heibe is easy to use and useful because it allows you to distribute your belongings when you put it on your back. It can be said that the use of kilim is unique to nomads.



A long, thin cushion is called a yastoc. It is used to cover the body when relaxing or lying down in a tent. Nowadays, long, thin cushions are used in the same way in living rooms and bedrooms.

How to incorporate a kilim to suit your room

A kilim, characterized by its bright colors and original geometric patterns, can create a gorgeous space with just one piece. In order to incorporate such kilim well, let's keep the points in mind.

◇Blend in similar colors
If your furniture and curtains are in dark colors such as brown, we recommend choosing colors in the same family. This will create a sense of unity in the space and make it look stylish.


Coffee and sweets on the table and a kilim on the sofa

◇Incorporate unexpected colors

We also recommend choosing a contrasting color. You might think, "Won't the kilim stand out?", but it will add an accent and create a stylish finish.


Of course, removing it doesn't mean it's a completely different color; by using colors of the same tone, you can blend in with the interior without making it look flashy, but still look great as an accent. If the interior is dark, use a deep red or blue, and if the interior is bright beige, use a bright red or blue to instantly make it look more fashionable.


◇Incorporate colors used in the interior

If your interior incorporates a variety of colors, it would be a good idea to use chic kilims in monochrome or brown colors. However, if you want to take advantage of the unique vibrancy of a kilim, we recommend choosing a kilim in a color that is used in the interior. Using the same color creates a sense of unity and blends well with the interior.

Add a kilim rug to your living room to create a stylish space

We told you how to choose a kilim, its original purpose, and tips for coordinating it. In addition to choosing based on size, color, and design, you should also consider the interior of the room, the color of the floor, and the brightness of the space. When incorporating a kilim, it is also recommended to be particular about color combinations.

If you want to make your living room more stylish or change the mood by redecorating it, try adding a kilim or rug. Just having one piece will make your space look much more stylish.

Sultan, a lifestyle brand based in Istanbul, Turkey, where Asia and Europe intersect, works with Turkish designers to provide happy moments that gently accompany your daily life.We offer a wide variety of brightly colored kilims that can be used as interior accents. Masu.


We also accept custom orders using high-quality materials with great designs (sultan velvet, velvet, Suzani (embroidery), ikat, silk), and we can meet each individual's requests in terms of material, size, design, budget, etc. Please feel free to contact us. We would be happy if we could help you create a comfortable space.

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