Kilim Is Our Passion

Pronounced: kE-‘lEm

Kilim is a word of Turkish origin and denotes a pileless textile of many uses, produced by one of several flat weaving techniques. These techniques have a common or closely related heritage and are practiced in the geographical area that includes parts of Turkey (Anatolia and Thrace), North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and China. They are woven like tapestries, without a knotted pile and the patterns are made from the coloured weft threads which are visible on both sides of the pieces.

The Sehna kilim (named after the Persian town of that name) follows the traditional Sehna knotted carpets in design. The Turkish kilims (Anatolian and Kurdish) usually consist of two or more strips woven together, whilst the Shirvan kilim is unusual in having diagonal bands of colour upon which are woven geometric designs similar to those found on Daghestan carpets. Traditional Merv kilims are also distinctive in that the bands of embroidered zig-zag colours run diagonally across the carpet instead of vertically or horizontally.

Filled with romance and culture, ancient heritage and tradition, Nomad Ideas allows people to express their personalities through owning and wearing these individual handcrafted kilim products.

About Us

Hi everyone! We’re the Hall-Wilson’s, Tom and Laura (and Spud and Sprout). We took over Nomad Ideas from Pammie-Jane Farquhar in 2021 and are really excited to have the opportunity to build on the years of hard work that Pammie-Jane has put in since founding the company some 20 years ago, back in 2002.

Based in the Cotswolds, Nomad Ideas specialise in the sale of the finest kilim shoes, homewares and accessories, all of which are made from repurposing antique kilim rugs from Turkey. We have built up an incredibly strong relationship with two Turkish families over the years, who continue to make and supply us with all of the goods that you see for sale today. They are master craftsmen and women who's trade secrets have been passed down through the generations and we take great pride in our relationship with them.

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