This week I’ve been taken by rugs by Egyptian brand Kiliim, originally spotted via their Etsy shop. The richly hued cotton and wool kilim rugs are handwoven by artisans in Fowa, in the Nile Delta region: “Decades ago,” according to Kiliim’s website, “Fowa used to be home to over 2,000 kilim weaving workshops,. However, when we first visited back in 2016, there were less than 200. When the craft was at the brink of extinction from Egypt’s cultural heritage, we thought to rethink the value chain in hopes to bring the craft into the 21st century so it can stand a chance at sustaining a future.”
The company melds modern designs with age-old techniques (and creates stable incomes—50 percent higher from the industry average—for the nearly 40 artisans they’ve worked with since they first launched five years ago).
Take a look at just a few of their rug offerings, in rich hues and subtly graphic patterns: