Kilim, a Turkish word, is a pileless textile of many uses produced by one of several flat-weaving techniques that have a common heritage and are practiced in the geographical area that includes parts of the Middle East and Central Asia and China.
Kilim rugs are a flatweave, meaning that they have no pile. They can be made from wool, cotton or synthetic materials and can be hand woven or machine made. These rugs are usually reversible with the pattern on the front can also be viewed on the back. Kilim designs are made by interweaving the various colors of yarn.
Kilim rugs cannot be cleaned like other rugs. They are different than regular oriental rugs. Some of the methods for cleaning oriental rugs and kilims may be the same. However, there are a few significant differences that you should know. If the rug does not see much traffic, it may not require heavy duty cleaning very often. But it is still likely to collect dust and should be regularly vacuumed. Because kilim rugs are more delicate, make sure that you set your vacuum on a low suction setting and run it very lightly over the rug. Never be too rough or it will damage the fiber and the knots of the rug. It is a good idea to vacuum both sides of the rug as the dust usually settles at the bottom. Be particularly careful when vacuuming the fringes.
Getting your kilim rug professionally cleaned will make a huge difference to your cleaning efforts. It helps the rug stay looking cleaning without any damage to the fiber or the fringes.