Kilims at their best are not only extremely decorative but, they also serve a highly utilitarian purpose. Here are some excellent examples of this two-fold function. Inspired by the natural colors of the landscape and rugged terrain, the patterns of these kilims tend to be simple and bold, the fabrics, tough and hardwearing.
Among the best known are those of Balouch, Turkoman, Uzbek, Taimani, and the Kazak. Many tend to be generous in size, often twelve or fourteen feet long, so they are ideal for large, heavily trafficked areas.