What is a Kilim?
The word ‘Kilim’ is of Turkish origin and refers to a pileless rug or textile which is flat woven.

The main difference between a Kilim rug and other types of handmade rugs is that a Kilim is woven on a loom, rather than knotted (by hand, one knot at a time).

How are Kilim rugs made?
Kilims are usually made from Wool which is supple, durable, spins easily, readily takes on dyes and most importantly, is in plentiful supply. Cotton is sometimes used for warps or if pure white is desired for colour (white wool turns ivory with age) Camel and goat hair are used for joining edges and in bags where extra strength is needed.

What is a pile rug?
Handmade rugs that have a pile, (and are therefore not flatweaves), are created by hand-knotting wool on a loom. The word ‘pile’ is simply the term used to describe the surface of the rug and how dense it is. It can vary from quite thin to a very thick pile.

Where are your rugs sourced?
The majority of the rugs in our collection are sourced from our trusted suppliers in Turkey, many of whom we have been working with for over 25 years. We have strong relationships with these artisans and know we are receiving top quality products every time.

What kind of condition are your vintage rugs in?
Most of the rugs in our collection are anywhere between 30 and 80+ years old. This means they have received a lifetime of love. Some will have areas of fading and wear, and some have received minor repairs by our rug masters in Turkey. These signs of age make our rugs unique and add to the character of the rug. We do however buy only the best we can find and ensure that all of our rugs are washed, stretched and pressed before they are sent to us. Due to this rigorous process many appear new even though they are decades old.

What makes a rug an antique?
A rug is considered antique if it is 80+ years old. The term ‘antique’ involves much more than age: one must also consider other desirable characteristics such as quality of design, weaving technique, materials, patina & dyes. Also note that older rugs are a finite commodity whose number can only diminish and never increase.

Do I need a pad or underlay for my rug? All rugs, both knotted or flatwoven will benefit from having an underlay under them as a means of both protecting the fabric of the rug and to prevent it from slipping.

Because Kilims and other flat woven rugs are thinner, it is important to protect them, especially if they are sitting on a hard surface such as timber, concrete or tiles.

We can supply underlay mat for your rug with your purchase. Please contact us for a quote.

I can't find what I’m looking for on your website?
We'd love nothing more than to help you find the rug of your dreams! Feel free to get in touch with us via email and we can chat about the kind of thing you're looking for. We source from Turkey, Eastern Europe, the Middle East & Pakistan, so we're bound to be able to find just the right rug for your home.

Can I return a Rug?
Yuva wants you to love everything you have purchased from us. If for any reason, you are not satisfied with your purchase, please send us an email at hello@yuva.co.nz. Click here for full details on shipping and returns.

Can I take a rug home on approval?
Absolutely. If you are unsure about a rug we are happy for you to take them for a test run. When photographing our rugs we try to portray the colours as accurately as possible but due to the sometimes vibrant nature of our rugs, the colours may appear different once in your home due to differences in lighting and or the device you have viewed our products on. All rugs taken on ‘Appro’ must be returned within 7 days and in their original condition.

Do you offer a discount to the trade?
Enquiries from Interior Designers and Trade Customers are always welcome. Please email hello@yuva.co.nz with more details about your business so we can organise to chat!