Rugs & Kilims | Rugs & Runners | The Decorative Fair
Rugs & kilims.
All rugs sold at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair are pre-1950 therefore antique or period designs. With the fashion for cold wood flooring going out the window, buyers are looking for luscious, luxurious wool underfoot, and we have a number of exhibitors that specialise in what are typically called oriental rugs and carpets.
There’s no technical difference between a ‘rug’ or a ‘carpet’ but in the trade a carpet tends to be used to describe a very large weaving that could fill a room. Rugs come in all shapes and sizes: if you are looking to buy one, be sure to come with measurements in hand of the room you are choosing for, also an idea of whether you want the rug to simply fill a space between the furniture lay out, or if you want the rug to extend underneath and even out the other side of a group of sofa and chairs, to create a defined space within a room.
Kelims (or kelems , the word can be spelled both ways) are flat weave rather than tufted (like a more typical rug or carpet). They are perfect for areas needing a rugged and hard-wearing flooring. Antique kilim or kelim fragments are often used as practical upholstery for easy chairs, footstools or ottomans.