8 Turkish kilim carpet characteristics worth understanding

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8 Turkish kilim carpet characteristics worth understanding

Ritika Tiwari Ritika Tiwari
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Turkish carpets have always been the talk of the town. However, there is a huge information gap usually between the buyers and sellers when it comes to these carpets. This makes buying a Turkish carpet a potential gamble for buyers. Moreover, these carpets not only look beautiful but can also last you for years to come, eventually becoming a part of your family history.

In case you are planning to buy Turkish kilim carpet anytime soon, then here is an ideabook that you must read.  With this, you will be able to learn about eight Turkish kilim carpet characteristics, that are worth understanding for potential buyers.

1. Price

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Decoratrive Turkish Sivas Kilim Rug

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While shopping for a Turkish carpet, you should never disclose your budget to the seller. This will lead to you having to buy a carpet, which might not be worth the price that you have quoted. Moreover, this can also have a negative effect while negotiating the price.

2. Size

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Decorative Kilim Rug, Turkish Kilim Rug, Multi Color Kilim Rug

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If you don't want to be made a fool by Turkish carpet sellers, then always measure the size of the room before you go shopping. This will give the seller an idea about your seriousness regarding the matter.

3. Material

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Turkish carpets are made using various materials. The list includes options like silk, wool, cotton, and a combination of them all. Usually, the silk Turkish carpets are the most expensive ones that you can buy. Whereas, kilim carpets made using wool and cotton are the least expensive ones.

4. Type

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There are four types of Turkish carpets available in the market known as Hali, Kilim, Cicim and Sumak. Whenever one thinks about Turkish rugs and carpets, they are usually imagining something which is most similar to Hali design. These are made using a double knot production method. On the other hand, kilim Turkish carpets are basic flat waves. However, both Cicim and Sumak carpets are made using flat weaves and extra wrapping. The only difference between them is that Sumak has embroidery as well.

5. Colour

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Turkish Kilim Rug, Decorative Kilim, Ethnic Tribal Rug Kilim, Oriental Bohemian Kilim, Anatolian Turkish Kilim

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The colour of the carpet can also have a great impact on the quality of Turkish rugs. Usually, when it comes to kilim carpets, naturally dyed ones are more favourable. It is because they will be able to hold onto the colour long then chemical dyes.

6. Motif

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Vintage Turkish Kilim Rug, Kilim Rug, Kilim, Home Decor, Home Design, Decorative Kilim

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The designs that you usually see in a Turkish kilim carpet can represent its region. Moreover, each design is known to convey a story which the designer maybe wanted to share. Even though as a new buyer it is difficult for you to gather information about Turkish rugs, you should still do a bit research before planning to shop.

7. Age

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When it comes to Turkish kilim carpets, the older they are the more valuable they would be. Which is why people usually like to buy Turkish carpets from villages for their antique value and work. However, this does not dismiss the fact that rugs made in factories are also intricate and worth spending on.

8. Making technique

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Vintage Fethiye Kilim Rug

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Another thing that can have a direct impact on the price of a Turkish kilim carpet is its weaving technique. If the carpet is handmade it will be much more expensive for sure. It is because it takes days on end for weavers to create a carpet due to its intricate design.

For more such tips check out our ideabooks

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