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kilim


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A tapestry-woven rug from the Islamic lands of western Central Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, and North Africa. They are between two and five metres in length and one to two metres wide. The colours tend to be strong and bold and the designs angular, based on geometric shapes. Most surviving examples date from the 19th century or later, though flat-weaving techniques had long traditions. Kilims only began to be studied in the West from the late 1960s onwards and are now popular items of interior decoration, often as wall hangings (though their original uses were many and varied).


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