Monday, February 23, 2015

Double Kilim Foot Stools

 Kick your feet up with one of these double kilim foot stools. Handcrafted in the same venerable traditions that date back millennia and a hardwood frame that is appointed with supportive cushioning. Slight variations in pattern and color attest to the stools' handmade nature and make each one unique!

Most commonly associated with rugs, kilim is a timeless fabric handcrafted by special flatweaving techniques passed down through generations. A word of Turkish origin, the literal translation of kilim is "to spread roughly." The art of kilim is steeped in cultural practices, with weaving methods varying among families and regions. Its presence is prominent in the textile markets of Turkey, North Africa, Central Asia, and areas of the Middle East.

The unique look of kilim is achieved by interweaving multi-colored wool fibers to make a flatweave. The resulting knotted materials are shorn off to create a level surface, revealing the geometric patterns and unusual texture distinctive to kilim products. Wool is the primary material used to produce kilim, though cotton is occasionally interlaced. Besides being a plentiful resource in the kilim-making regions, wool is inherently pliant, durable, and receptive to dyes, making it ideal for the intense weaving processes and dramatic hues tied to the kilim tradition.