It's no secret that we love a good kilim pillow. Us and every other design lover who appreciates a colorful textile, amiright?! While we all love kilims, and a source to purchase them isn't hard to find, not all kilims are created equal. As seekers of spectacular kilims (have you seen our pillow shop?) we've learned our lessons on how to spot the really good from the really bad.
1. Make sure the kilim is clean! Remember, kilim pillows (the ones you really want) are made from very old vintage kilim rugs which may have been used for any number of purposes. Stains and markings are common among these rugs, and consequently the pillows that are made from them, however you should always take a close look at the kilim pillow you're about to buy. We look for kilim pillows that have been thoroughly cleaned and rid of any dirt or stains that really shouldn't be there. Some markings are signs of authenticity – we get this – but others just make the pillow look dirty.
2. Look out for unsightly "new" spots! Learn from our mistake on this one and make sure no parts of the kilim pillow have been replaced with "new" fabric. There's nothing worse than a perfectly vintage kilim that has been partially replaced on one corner (perhaps because the original corner had a stain or rip) with a bright, way-too-new-looking piece of material.
3. The back matters! Because kilim is a heavier textile, the weight of the back fabric needs to match the front. Look for kilims that have a tan or neutral color cotton canvas backing that's finished with a zipper, or has an envelope style closure.