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Now Admiring: Handwoven Rugs in Rich Hues from Kiliim in Egypt

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Now Admiring: Handwoven Rugs in Rich Hues from Kiliim in Egypt

November 18, 2021

This week I’ve been taken by rugs by Egyptian brand Kiliim, originally spotted via their Etsy shop. The richly hued cotton and wool kilim rugs are handwoven by artisans in Fowa, in the Nile Delta region: “Decades ago,” according to Kiliim’s website, “Fowa used to be home to over 2,000 kilim weaving workshops,. However, when we first visited back in 2016, there were less than 200. When the craft was at the brink of extinction from Egypt’s cultural heritage, we thought to rethink the value chain in hopes to bring the craft into the 21st century so it can stand a chance at sustaining a future.”

The company melds modern designs with age-old techniques (and creates stable incomes—50 percent higher from the industry average—for the nearly 40 artisans they’ve worked with since they first launched five years ago).

Take a look at just a few of their rug offerings, in rich hues and subtly graphic patterns:

the terracotta and blue bricks rug is made from \100 percent wool on a cotton b 9
Above: The terracotta and blue Bricks Rug is made from 100 percent wool on a cotton base (from $190). All rugs can also be customized upon request.
the oasis rug (from \$\190) has black tassels. 10
Above: The Oasis Rug (from $190) has black tassels.
the rosetta rug (from \$\190), from the botanicals collection, was designed by 11
Above: The Rosetta Rug (from $190), from the Botanicals collection, was designed by “adapting the organic forms of various plants, such as the cypress tree and the pomegranate fruit, from the region to geometrical, cultural, and folkloric motifs.”
the stratus rug (from \$\240), woven from \100 percent cotton. because all of t 12
Above: The Stratus Rug (from $240), woven from 100 percent cotton. Because all of the rugs are handwoven, the brand says, slight imperfections and irregularities are part of the appeal.
the wool teal bustan rug (from \$\190). 13
Above: The wool Teal Bustan Rug (from $190).
the mint lotus rug (from \$\240) from the temple collection mixes art deco infl 14
Above: The Mint Lotus Rug (from $240) from the Temple collection mixes art deco influences with ancient Egyptian forms.
and part of kiliim&#8\2\17;s first ever collection: the cream yellow arrows 15
Above: And part of Kiliim’s first ever collection: the Cream Yellow Arrows Rug (from $195), with geometric shapes in a vibrant ochre hue.

N.B.: Now through November 30th, Kiliim is offering 15 percent off with code GIVEBACK; they’ll also donate 10 percent of proceeds to building roofs for those in need.

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