kilim cleaning repair

Kilim Rug Cleaning & Repair

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.

Did You Know?
One 9 X 12 Kilim takes about 5 – 6 months to weave, hand-woven by four-five artisans, working 5 – 6 hours a day.

Kilim Rug Weaving Making

Kilim Weave Style

  1. Warp – Foundation of the rug. Parallel threads running through the entire length of the rug which knots are tied.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Fringe – The visible continuation of the Wrap threads at both ends of the rug. The length of fringe does not signify quality.
  6. 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