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[kee-leem, kil-im] /kiˈlim, ˈkɪl ɪm/
a pileless, tapestry-woven rug or other covering made in various parts of the Middle East, eastern Europe, and Turkestan.
Origin of kilim
1880-85; < Turkish < Persian gilīm coarse-woven blanket Unabridged
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  • Borders find slight favour with kilim weavers, and in most pieces they are entirely wanting or only present at one end.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
  • The colours, by which alone the patterns are distinguished, are largely responsible for the character of the kilim.

    Oriental Rugs Walter A. Hawley
British Dictionary definitions for kilim


/kɪˈlim; ˈkiːlɪm/
a pileless woven rug of intricate design made in the Middle East
Word Origin
C19: from Turkish, from Persian kilīm
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