(pronounced kee-LEEM ruhgz)
These traditional, handmade rugs are a subclass of the more general grouping commonly referred to as Oriental rugs. Different types of flatweaving techniques from Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Africa, Iran, China and Central Asia produce a textile without any pile. The overall designs are comprised of abstract symbols representing things like animals and fertility to natural elements. Not just for floors, the rich texture and striking patterns of kilim rugs work equally well as wall hangings.