High, Low, and (Maybe) DIY: Kilim Pillows

High, Low, and (Maybe) DIY: Kilim Pillows

Susie Nadler
Jan 7, 2010

Kilim rugs, with their rich textures and lovely earthy colors, never seem to go out of style, and kilim pillow covers are a great way to get the look on a smaller scale. It's possible to invest a lot in a pillow made from a valuable antique rug, or you can go for an affordable version; these days many rug dealers salvage bits of worn-out kilims for pillows. Attention, sewing mavens: Think you could do this at home?

We found some options on both ends of the spectrum (pictured, from left to right):

1 Collection of Turkish kilim pillows from Tessera, a Houston-based antiques dealer. Costs vary. Contact their showroom to find out where you can buy them in your area.

2 Commune, in L.A., puts an artistic spin on their antique kilim pillow covers with trims and other fabrics. Prices are in the $400-$900 range, depending on size.

3 Vanishing Textiles uses antique rugs, some of which date back to the late 19th century, for their heirloom-quality pillows. Prices vary from $100-$600.

4 Kilim pillow covers from Melek Carpet, $12.99-$34.99 depending on size. Available in a wide variety of colors and designs.

5 Talas Kilim Lumbar Pillow Cover from Pottery Barn, $49. They carry a whole line of kilim pillows.

For the lucky ones with sewing skills, we think this would be a great DIY project. Kilim rugs in various states of disrepair abound on Ebay and at flea markets; rugs with worn patches and moth holes will be especially cheap, and you can salvage the good portions for pillow covers, backing them with a simple upholstery linen, or even canvas or muslin.

Has anyone tried this project as a DIY? Do tell!

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