From Eastern tradition to Western decoration
What differentiates collector’s kilims and antique kilims is the type of dye used for the wool.
When chemical dyes came about, women were seduced by the wide range of bright colours this new process offered and they gradually gave up using vegetal dyes. In certain regions, this movement started as early as the late 19th century.
Under the conjugated effects of time and light, these originally-loud colours have faded. Their blues have become greys, their reds have turned into light terracotta, their greens have gone from meadow to linden, etc. This has given them a delicate “powdered” aspect, which makes it possible to integrate them into most interiors.
Since they were not woven for commercial purposes, they remain the true expression of local traditions and retain their authentic nature and charm.