[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for kilim

  • They watched us from a distance as we dozed on kilim rugs after lunch.

  • 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 for kilim

C19: from Turkish, from Persian kilīm
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