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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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(Textiles) a pileless woven rug of intricate design made in the Middle East
[C19: from Turkish, from Persian kilīm]
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ki•lim(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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