The inspiration to start this business found us in Istanbul, a city with a history of thousands of years. The capital city of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire.
Throughout the history all sorts of goods came to this city to find a market. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is still the center of trade for traditional Turkish and Anatolian goods. There are so many distinct, unique and precious goods in this place.
We have a vision of showing particularly Kilim Pillows to the world and serve the people with an interest or fascination in unique and original traditional items.
We collect handwoven vintage kilims from Anatolia and make “one of a kind” pillows from these rugs.
We hope that your homes & living places will gain a new look with our kilim pillows!
What is Kilim?
A kilim (Azerbaijani: Kilim کیلیم, Turkish: Kilim, Turkmen: Kilim, Persian: گلیم gelīm) is a flat tapestry-woven carpet or rug traditionally produced in countries of the former Persian Empire, including Iran, Azerbaijan, the Balkans and the Turkic countries of Central Asia. Kilims can be purely decorative or can function as prayer rugs. Modern kilims are popular floor-coverings in Western households. The term ‘kilim’ originates from the Persian gelīm (گلیم) where it means ‘to spread roughly’,perhaps of Mongolian origin.
Kilims are produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. Kilim weaves are tapestry weaves, technically weft-faced plain weaves, that is, the horizontal weft strands are pulled tightly downward so that they hide the vertical warp strands. When the end of a color boundary is reached, the weft yarn is wound back from the boundary point. Thus, if the boundary of a field is a straight vertical line, a vertical slit forms between the two different color areas where they meet. For this reason, most kilims can be classed as “slit woven” textiles. The slits are beloved by collectors, as they produce very sharp-etched designs, emphasizing the geometry of the weave. Weaving strategies for avoiding slit formation, such as interlocking, produce a more blurred design image.