Buy Kilim Rugs Online with Ebi Shafagh

This is my insight for modern next generation collectors of antique and vintage rugs, carpets from the Central Caucasian oriental region

Vintage Wool Flatweave Kilims from Turkey

Handwoven in Turkey vintage wool Kilim’s often feature the bold dinstict Kuba (Quba) design pattern, marrying tribal variations of beige, red, purple, green, gold and blue with a distinctly sharp graphic.

This example shows an insight to the skill of the weaver as well as a suitability to a variety of projects. amazing when you consider this is 50 years before the days of computers. The geometric symmetry is quite striking and fits in perfectly with a modern household and respresents an excellent opportunity as an investment piece for the next generation of collectors.

These vintage Caucasian kilims display the class of ancient Caucasian carpets whilst still offering value for the modern day collector. They could potentially be a star of future galleries and auction houses. I anticipate a move in their “status” as the striking designs compliment the minamalist interior design styles.

The cleanliness and sharpness of the Medcil border pattern illustrate the very fine weaving techinique used allows the Kuba an extraordinary definition of design.

A little Kilim history and background

Kilims, a type of flatweave produced for hundreds of years in the Near East, are the most popular flatweave carpet in the world. Conventionally, kilims make use of intricate patterns and vibrant colours, which makes them visually appealing and instantly recognisable. Different regions make use of unique patterns and visual languages, such as the more geometric Caucasian style like the Kuba shown here compared to simple and bold Persian style.

We choose our kilims based on their quality, age and peculiarity, priding ourselves on delivering carpets with a wide range of visual styles and regional origins from across the Near East.

Tribal and regional influences on designs

The sheer individuality of tribes and peoples across the Near East has meant that there is a high level of variation between different flatweave styles both visually to suit style preferences, and practically to survive different weather conditions. Therefore, you can be sure that at Ebi Shafagh, you can always come across something unique in our stock that is the result of traditional values, centuries of mentorship and cultural inheritance.


Modern manufacturing techniques have also allowed weavers to produce kilims of larger sizes and greater consistency. Some of the mass-produced Caucasian Kilims of the 18th-20th century are already highly prized collectors items due to their high quality. These are a great opportunity for investment.