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Rug | Glyphs

Handmade in Egypt

Natural Materials
Better Supply Chains
Community Support
Traditional Crafts

  • Description

    Ingredients / Materials: - 100% Cotton

    Kiliim's Temple Collection attempts to create layers from original pharaonic forms, 1920-30s art deco reiterations of those forms, to create modern pieces that match a contemporary lifestyle. The artisans who made this product are making fair wages and preserving Egyptian cultural heritage by practising a craft that has been passed down to them from generation to generation. Purchasing this product allows us to continue our mission of reviving and sustaining local crafts and empowering their communities.
  • About the Designer

    Kiliim rugs are inspired by the famous Art Deco design style, one that’s influenced by different representational forms, including Ancient Egypt. From the luxurious Egyptian motifs of King Tut’s tomb to the geometric lines of temples & obelisks.

    This rug is handcrafted at the Kiliim studio in Egypt, which makes each product unique. Slight variations & design imperfections can be expected.

    Kiliim is an Egyptian social enterprise and a lifestyle brand that aims to revive and sustain the local craft of handmade kilim making in Egypt by introducing modern designs to a time-honoured technique.

    Kilim rugs are made in Fowwa, a small village situated along the lush Nile Delta.

    Their craftsmen come from a long line of kilim artisans who consider the craft a part of their heritage. They use the finest quality wool yarn and dyes that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. With every purchase, you are helping Kiliim’s initiative to put Fowwa back on the local and international map for authentic craftsmanship.

  • Care Instruction

    Kilim rugs are beautiful works of art, but they were made to be used and walked on. They are very durable and resistant. That said, they also need special attention and care when it comes to maintaining them and cleaning them. While it is strongly recommended that strong detergents and harsh cleaning agents are avoided, there are easy ways to clean a kilim at home.


    Vacuum a Kilim

    Use a good vacuum at the correct setting for regular cleaning, vacuuming both sides. Never vacuum on a high suction setting. Never use a washing machine and dryer to clean a kilim. The best place to wash a kilim is outside on grass or gravel with cold water from a hose. Never wash it on a flat surface; the water needs to be able to drain away to avoid over-soaking the kilim and making the colours run. Use soft natural soap or baby shampoo to clean the kilim.



    If the colours are fading, use a solution of half vinegar, half cold water on the kilim. Use a very soft bristly brush on both sides and then rinse with cold water. Lay the kilim flat to dry in the shade, rotating if necessary to dry evenly. It is also recommended to flip it to prevent sun damage if the kilim takes a while to dry and is in the sun.

    In the event of an accidental spill or stain, treat the stain immediately. Remove any solid pieces from the stain carefully to avoid pressing them into the fabric. Leaving the kilim on the floor, immediately blot the stain to remove all excess liquid as possible. Start from the edge of the stain and move towards the centre to avoid spreading the stain more. When finished blotting, take a shallow container with a slightly larger lip than the stain and place it under the stain.

    Dilute the stain as much as possible with a clean, cold water rinse. Remove the container, flatten the kilim and blot out the liquid. Repeat as necessary until the stain is gone. To dry the spot, keep in mind that carpets need to breathe when drying. Using a hairdryer in a low or cold setting can also dry the spot faster and prevent a ring from forming.

    If there are stains that stubbornly remain or a professional is needed or preferred, there are a few things to look for when choosing a cleaning service. Do not take straight to a dry cleaner. Dry cleaners can use harsh chemicals that will damage the kilim. Search for a professional cleaning service that has experience with a kilim and understands and follow the best cleaning practices for cleaning a kilim.


    Chemical Detergents

    Once again, never use a harsh or strong detergent or cleaning agent. If there is a pesky stain or a strong desire to use one, spot test it first before proceeding and use it only after highly diluting it first. Use a cold-water rinse multiple times until the detergent is completely gone. Never vacuum over the fringes of a kilim. This can lead to them tearing off, fraying and damaging the edges of the kilim. If using a soft-bristled brush, use short, gentle strokes and brush both sides of the rug. Begin at the top corner and work across the length of the carpet, moving downward.

    Keeping a kilim clean can take a little more work than a studier carpet or rug, but with the right care, it doesn’t have to be too often. With the right care and patience, a beautiful kilim can last a long time and one day become a family heirloom.

  • End of Life

    Keeping our products off of landfills and incinerators is Kola Project’s main goal. As our consumers, we kindly request you help us as you play a key role in accomplishing this goal.

    If you do not want this item anymore, please log into your account and request a return. We accept items indefinitely, at all stages of life, and for any reason. Depending on the condition of the item, you may be eligible for a buyback value that you can redeem for future purchases. To find the exact buyback value of this item, please check your order history in your account.

  • Shipping
    • Free Shipping For Orders Over £150.00
    • Standard Delivery – Within 1 – 2 business days (in-stock)
    • Delivery to a UPS Collection Point – 1-3 working days
    • Special home delivery for large volume orders with assembly - 7-14 business days
    You can attach the pre-paid shipping label to your return package and leave it at our courier’s nearest drop off location. You can find additional information about the Exchange and Return Policy or your right to withdrawal in our FAQ .
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