Kelim is a collective term for flat woven fabrics that are made in every region of the Orient. Every country and region has its own typical pattern. While young people tend to buy current Kelims with modern designs, collectors aim for antique Kelims.
Kelims have a very long tradition in the oriental world. In Turkish, the term Kelim translates into carpet. In a broader sense, Kelim is collective term for many flat woven fabrics from the east. In contrast to other oriental carpets, Kelims are woven and not knotted. Thus, the impression is created that a Kelim rather looks like a cloth than a carpet. Originally made by nomads for various purposes, Kelims nowadays are mostly produced in countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco and Turkey. Since Kelims come from different regions, there designs differ as well. Their patterns already exist for a thousand years. Every country and region has its own distinctive pattern and manufacturing process. While many young people buy a Kelim for its modern and plain Ethno-design, collectors tend to buy very precious antique Kelims woven by nomads. Conditioned by the weaving looms Kelims are made with, weaving carpets with extravagant patterns is constrained. Common designs include geometrical patterns such as triangles, but also little animals over the entire carpet are common.