Soumak Kilim 200cm x 83cm / 6’7” x 2’9”


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Soumak kilim whilst a flat weave Soumaks are a different structure to the other flat weave kilims, with a very smooth surface and are not reversible as floating yarns are carried on the back surface. The yarns used are extremely fine but very hardwearing. The patterns of Soumak are hugely varied from traditional floral brocade type patterns to contrasting bold imagery almost like Navajo Indian patterns.

Kilim or Kelims are also known as flat weaves because they are created with a technique called ‘weft wrapping’. Afghan kilim rugs range from complete flat weave to combinations of flat weave and pile giving a relief texture. Some are old tribal designs, still being woven just as each tribe’s original ancestors made them.
The methods of kilim weaving has remained unchanged over centuries. The vertical warp threads are fixed and they become the foundation of the kilim. Coloured wool yarns are woven in and out of the warps to produce a design which is invariably geometric in style.
Being so reasonably priced, as well as hard-wearing and sometimes reversible, makes kilims popular for those who appreciate a lively ethnic style and are very good for those on a budget. They also look great as walls hangings.
Afghan Kilims demonstrate a multitude of different hand weave techniques depending on their place of origin. Most but not all types of Kilim are reversible with all being very hard wearing. Our range of kilims include all the Maimana kilims which include Ghalmori, Chobi, Vintage, Natural and Modern. Additionally we have weavers making Mushwani, Barjasta, Qala-e-Now, Adraskan Herat, Soumak and Saghari.

Origin Western Afghanistan, Herat
Style Soumak
Weft Hand spun Wool
Warp/Fringe Hand spun Wool
Hand-Knot type Hand Flat Weave
Knot count Hand Flat Weave
Pile depth / Rug thickness 4mm/8mm