Anatolian Kilim Accents

A selection of large cushion covers fashioned from vintage Kars kilims, dating back 55-60 years. The kilim is a woolen flatweave common throughout Anatolia, as well as Central Asia and North Africa. Originally, kilims were purely functional textiles, used as insulation on the walls of the home, as covers on beds and tables, and as saddlebags or grain sacks. The weavers of the Kars border region produced many handsome kilims using the simple slitweave technique and geometric diamond designs influenced by weaving from the nearby Caucasus. Since the middle of the 20th century, Kars kilims were woven predominantly in brown, orange and pink colours, and using distinctive natural brown wool warps. Often they were long and narrow, making them impractical to use as rugs, but ideal to convert into modern accessories or upholstery.