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 (kē-lēm′, kĭl′ĭm)
A pileless, tapestry-woven rug or other textile with geometric designs in rich, brilliant colors, traditionally made in parts of the Middle East and neighboring regions.

[Turkish, from Persian gilīm, garment made of wool or goat hair, blanket, rug; perhaps akin to Akkadian gulēnu and Aramaic glīmā, cloak.]
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(kɪˈlim; ˈkiːlɪm)
(Textiles) a pileless woven rug of intricate design made in the Middle East
[C19: from Turkish, from Persian kilīm]
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(kiˈlim, ˈkɪl ɪm)

a pileless, tapestry-woven rug or other covering made in various parts of the Middle East, E Europe, and Turkestan.
[1880–85; < Turkish < Persian gilīm coarse-woven blanket]
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I catch a glimpse of this in a shop selling colourful Kelims, where I am greeted by the young owner, Abdul Majid.
I am delighted that very quickly Oumnia kelims from Arsal have started making great birthday and wedding presents, as well as being given away as presents for distinguished foreigner guests who visited our country."
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Sally says: "These homes are about comfort, so use huge, squashy sofas, paint-flaked armoires, scrubbed tables and the odd chandelier set alongside faded kelims, rustic log baskets and nautical paintings propped up against the wall."