Textile Spotlight: Kilim

March 12th, 2014

Today I’m continuing the Textile Series, and this month the spotlight is on one that dates back many centuries: the kilim patterns found in floor coverings and home accessories. Kilims differ from pile rugs because they are produced through a flatweaving technique that combines various colored wefts and warp wool threads and leaves no pile.

Kilim has a fascinating history, its origins dating back to 3000 BC, many scholars believe even earlier; like tapestries, woven kilims are one of the oldest textiles in history. Kilims are referred to as “slit woven” textiles, a technique of weaving that produces sharp geometric designs and symbols. They are produced by interweaving visible weft with invisible warp strands and are most often made of wool, though cotton and hemp threads are sometimes used.

Different kilims possess cultural meanings that change by region, and the colors and designs also change depending on where they originate. Some kilims are used as prayer rugs, others for decorative purposes. The popularity of kilim is growing in the West as we look to more exotic ways to decorate our homes with textiles from across the globe.

layered kilim glitter guide

amber lewis – the glitter guide

Kilims are most often used as rugs, but also like a fabric to upholster ottomans or benches, or as a decorative pillow cover. While you can still find many suppliers of vintage rugs and pillow covers, retailers are also producing their own versions as the appeal of kilim grows.   

vintage kilim rugs at pottery barn

 

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 kilim rug ottoman

pottery barn / the brick house / rikki snyder via houzz

       

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Interiors in House of Cards

March 11th, 2014

We just finished a marathon session of House of Cards, Season 2 – and there are two things I love about this show – the story and the interiors from the set. Netflix sums up the plot best: “Kevin Spacey stars as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire.”

Devious, calculating, manipulative, yep, that would be the Underwoods. In the show, their schemes take place in various locations throughout Washington D.C. and in their townhome. House of Cards uses shots of Washington D.C. in the opening credits but the show itself is filmed in various locations throughout Baltimore, Maryland and on a sound stage in Joppa, Maryland.

capitol dome

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT with references to the plot below!

The Underwoods townhouse living room is elegant and neutral, filled with dark wood trim, a camelback sofa, wingback chairs, a dark stained fretwork hutch, and simple but stylish accessories like crystal candlesticks and glass hurricanes. No one ever drinks out of paper cups in this show, there is always a formal coffee set waiting.

underwood living room house of cards

underwood living room

 

My favorite interior is their classic black and white kitchen, with Shaker style cabinets, subway tile, metal counter stools and fixtures, sleek appliances, and black countertops. The windows are covered in dark wood plantation shutters.

underwood kitchen house of cards

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underwood white kitchen

For the most part, their townhouse is dimly lit, I’m sure it’s to create a mood for the story but also because the Underwoods are at home only in the early morning or late evening as both work full time during the day wielding power and manipulating anyone who gets in their way.   

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Wall Stencil Giveaway

March 11th, 2014

If you’ve always loved the idea of wallpaper but are looking for a more affordable way to get the look, no doubt you’ve considered a stencil for your walls. Thankfully there are contemporary patterns available so you can replicate the chic look of wallpaper but for much less and in any color you envision. I’m a big fan of Cutting Edge Stencils and I’m especially fond of their newest sari paisley and peacock feather motifs.

cutting edge stencils

Today three of you can get your hands on a shop credit of $50 to grab your stencil of choice and get creative, simply do the following to be eligible:

Hop on over to Cutting Edge Stencils and pick a favorite pattern, then name it in a comment on this post, that’s it!

Three winners chosen at random, giveaway ends Saturday March 15, 2014 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway, you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Good luck!

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