You all know how much I love my rugs, so you will appreciate my excitement over this new kilim runner for the kitchen:-)
***NOTE there is an update at the end of this post with sources.
I found this Afghan Shivran kilim at the ecarpetgallery ebay store. They actually have a web site, but the ebay store has better deals. I have bought several rugs from them, and they have been great to work with--even with returns.
Here is a little info on this particular style of rug from the sellers:
"Caucasus style rugs and sumaks are primarily hand woven by nomadic tribal weavers in Afghanistan. They have a very bold geometric design and multiple borders, which borrow largely from Turkoman and Tajik tribal influences."
I searched for months to find the right colors and pattern and finally found this one. You can definitely find what you're looking for if you are patient. This one was on sale for $58, and I got free shipping. You can't beat that.
I also found a great source for vintage kilim pillow covers, again on ebay.
I searched for a while to find a reliable source after almost losing some money on an etsy transaction which went south. Luckily, I used paypal to pay and was refunded relatively quickly. Then I ran into Zafercarpet on ebay and not only were the prices great, the pillow covers were on my doorstep within 3 days from Turkey. Gotta love DHL.
I was looking for specific colors, so it took a little longer to find the right ones, but I could not be happier with these.
They really add a tribal feel to my decor, and I think that keeps the vintage look fresh and modern.
I bought the last pillow cover from Decolic Kilim Pillows on etsy, and was also very pleased with the pillow cover, price and shipping.
Again, I just *had* to have something different as far as color, but couldn't be happier with how these colors bring everything together.
I am first and foremost a bargain shopper and find that tenacity always pays off. If you are shopping on ebay or etsy, I do recommend looking at the sellers feedback and method of shipping so you are sure to buy from a reputable seller. I also highly recommend paying with paypal as they guarantee transactions, so you will be covered in case of fraud, etc.
This is *NOT* a sponsored post, but I like to share a good deal when I find it, so if you are looking for a bargain on a good quality kilim, or other carpet, definitely check out ecarpetgallery.
***Since I wrote this post, I discovered two amazing stores I *highly* recommend.
Not only have they provided me beautiful samples, I have been so pleased with their products, I have purchased from them as well and consider both stores my go-to for kilims.
For more sources for Turkish rugs, etc., you might be interested in these posts:
I'll be joining: