Kilim or flat woven textile has become very popular in the west. They were and in some cases still are, made by nomadic people from several Eastern European, Asian and North African countries, as well as Mexico,Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and North America where they were made by the Navajo Indians.
I try to stay mostly with Turkish kilim for my business, as we use them to upholster. Turkish kilim is thinner and finer than most other countries allowing it to be used more easily.
We used to go to Istanbul every year and maybe twice to buy rugs but now I go to Konya, which is a big rug making area. My supplier finds kilims from all over Turkey and sometimes beyond. It’s a real joy to go to his shop, piled high with every sort of rug imaginable, restricting myself to buying a certain amount can be very, very difficult! They have every size and shape, though mostly the rugs are long and fairly narrow as the looms they use tend to be not more than 150 cm wide, although this varies from area to area. In one area in Anatolia they weave two strips that mirror each other and then they‘re stitched together to make one huge rug. The kilims are also usually sun-bleached, particularly in southern Anatolia near Antalya where once the harvest is finished the farmers spread kilims on the bare ground; the acres of rugs laid out across the fields make an amazing picture.
Very sadly I haven’t got a stand at Badminton Horse Trials this year so please if you’re going to be there and are interested in my things give me a ring 01666 500 224 or email info@ nomadideas.com I’m only 20 minutes away from the event, it may be more peaceful too!
It’s been an interesting start to the year. We’ve finally got our new website up and running. Please have a look as it’s all fresh and I hope more accessible. We still make all the original pieces of furniture, plus a new square stool, the same height but a bit more room for your feet! Also the pouffes are a new price as I’ve managed to source them better. The shoes are as successful as ever but I now only sell the Travel bags and the small and larger bags with the long string handle, you can shorten it by knotting it up or have it over the head and shoulder to leave your hands free. I wish you all a very Good New year, hopefully it’s not to late! Have a look around and happy shopping!Contact Nomad ideas