Kilim: The Complete Guide

History · Pattern · Technique · Identification


The definitive guide to kilims, investigating the origins, history and techniques of these unique flatweave textiles

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Alastair Hull, José Luczyc-Wyhowska


In recent years, demand for kilims (flatwoven textiles) in the West has reached unprecedented levels. Kilim: The Complete Guide unravels the complex questions surrounding the origins and history of these unique flatweaves and of the peoples who make them. Hundreds of illustrations, many in colour and many specially taken, show them in all their glory. A detailed account of techniques – materials, dyes and dyeing, tools, kilim structures and weaving – is followed by a systematic analysis of motifs and symbolism. Here, the complex relationship between Islam and the animistic or shamanistic traditions that preceded it is explored.

The core of the book is devoted to the specific characteristics of region, tribe and kilim type. Four major sections present much original research, fully informing the reader about kilims from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia; Anatolia; Persia and the Caucasus; and Afghanistan and Central Asia. Chapters on new kilims and the use of kilims as bags or trappings as well as rugs – together with a reference guide to collecting, care and further study, conclude what has become the standard work on this widely appealing subject.

Additional information

Weight 2142 g
Dimensions 24.3 x 32 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 14 June 2000
Number of pages 352
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 24.3 x 32 cm
Weight 2142 g


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Alastair Hull has collected and studied kilims for more than twenty-five years.

José Luczyc-Wyhowska opened London's Kilim Warehouse in 1982.