Kilims are flat weave carpets and less durable than handmade wool rugs with a high pile which protects the warp and weft. It is recommended that Kilim carpets be professionally hand-cleaned every 2-3 years (12-18 months for high traffic placement).
Routine clean by vacuuming.
Kilim Weave Style
- Warp – Foundation of the rug. Parallel threads running through the entire length of the rug which knots are tied.
- Weft – Strength element for the rug. Threads woven across the width of the rug inserted between all the rows of knots. Weft threads pass through alternate Warp threads.
- Knot – Main part of the rug. Strand of wool or silk is looped around two adjacent Warps, and then cut to form the surface of the rug.
- Overcasting – Also referred to as the binding. Yarn is wrapped along the length on both sides of the rug to help keep the knots secure.
- Fringe – The visible continuation of the Wrap threads at both ends of the rug. The length of fringe does not signify quality.
- Kilim – The weaving web of Warp and Weft at both ends of the rugs between the pile portion and knotted Fringe.
What to Avoid
- Washing Machines
- Dryers / Vibration
- Extremely high water temperature
- Harsh chemical detergents
- Electric rotary brushes
- Soaking the carpet