Definition of kilim in English:


Pronunciation /kēˈlēm/ /kiˈlim/


  • A flat-woven carpet or rug made in Turkey, Kurdistan, and neighboring areas.

    ‘kilims on varnished floorboards’
    • ‘rich kilim rugs’
    • ‘The cities of Mostar and Sarajevo are famous for their kilims (handwoven carpets).’
    • ‘To convey a rich, warm, and cozy look, use heavily textured fabrics like kilims, woven woolens, and tapestries, and dark, fiery colors like reds and oranges.’
    • ‘Among the nomads, men sat on kilims and carpets around a hearth outside the front of the tent to visit, drink coffee and tea, and eat.’
    • ‘Strangely enough, by losing myself in the delights of my new environment - in the carpets and kilims, in the handcrafts of all kinds, in Turkish classical music and calligraphy - I came to appreciate my own language more acutely.’
    • ‘When people think of Turkey and shopping, they tend to think of rugs, kelims and other fabrics.’
    rug, runner, carpet, drugget


Late 19th century via Turkish from Persian gelīm.



/kēˈlēm/ /kiˈlim/