Nothing is quite as quintessential to Egyptian folkloric traditions as kilims. These hand-woven, often extremely intricate rugs or throws or wall hangings speak to thousands of years of history, dating back to as far as prehistoric history. However, the modern kilim in question in its unmistakably Egyptian fashion is vibrant, versatile and easily brightens up any space.
The origin of kilims evolved from purely utilitarian, non-decorative, non-symbolic applications of weaving in some remote period of prehistory when human began to express themselves through arts and crafts. The first use of weaving was a technological advance over animal skins which were p decorated with dyes or beads when weaving was discovered, so it is probable that some patterns of color were incorporated into some of the early products of the weaver's loom. 1000 BC is the probable date of the slitweave technique. This discovery was related to those flatwoven textiles found at Fostat in Egypt dating from the seventh to the eleventh century.
This unique weaving craft has always been a large and integral part of Egypt’s rich and varied heritage. In fact, this weaving technique specifically in Egypt can be traced back to the time of great Pharaohs. The tradition continues to be passed down from generation to generation, generating sustainable income for small rural or village communities. However, keep in mind, historically people who were crafting these kilims painstakingly were never properly compensated for it—at least for the time it makes. This factor coupled with the fact that there was just an overwhelming lack of innovation in the craft and the fact that a lot of the craftsmen who were skilled in this art were not well educated. When the craft started dying, it stopped being passed down to younger generations and now, it is reaching a point where it could eventually go out of fashion completely. We didn’t want that to happen. In fact, we are staunch supporters of all underrated traditional crafts that hold true cultural value and we want to make sure these important heritage markers do not die out.
Our kilims are all handmade, featuring brilliant designs and motifs you will not find elsewhere. For example, our Natural Wool Tapestry of Small Kilim Rug with Geometric Designs flaunts stunning, extra vivid geometric shapes that will instantly brighten up any room or add a gorgeous pop of color. It is perfectly sized at 70 cm by 120 cm, making it perfect for a wide array of uses. That’s really the best part—the versatility. This particular Kilim is completely handmade from sheeps' wool that is transformed entirely into threads after washing. The process doesn’t end there. After the threads are washed once again, they will be ready to be dyed in whatever color the heart desires. After the color choosing process, the threads are carefully woven on a traditional handloom with extremely high precision with a stunning geometrical output that’ll blow your mind.
This particular wool kilim was not manufactured in some big factory. In fact, it was made by a local family business that have been practicing this tradition for more than a century. This tradition has been passed down over many generations, so by purchasing this special hand-woven item you are not only supporting local entrepreneurship but also preserving an age-old tradition in Egypt.
All our kilims are made using this traditional method, which obviously takes more time but in the end, the product is definitely worth it. You will notice a wide variety of patterns, shapes and motifs all native to the different places these kilims were woven in.
Each piece is unique. No two pieces are the same, so you can be certain that when you were that stunning shawl, no else has the same one. Get to own a unique piece of Egyptian culture and heritage. It’s more than just a shawl, it’s an expression, a story, a love letter to the tucked away cities in Egypt that are integral part of the country’s rich and dynamic culture and heritage.
Not only limited to rug usage, can also be used as wall decor, hangings, or you can style it your own way. You can wash your wool kilim outside with a hose while using a 100% natural soap or carpet shampoo.
We are bringing you the Ancient Egyptian heritage of stunningly designed, completely handmade kilims bearing cultural and modern designs and colors to fit each taste. This includes hand woven wool and hand woven cotton rugs. Each material is different in its appearance but both are made of the highest quality materials