12 Kitchens & Dining Rooms Made Cozy With Kilims

As we head into fall, barefoot and sandy, putting a rug down in the kitchen or under the dining table, is always a good idea, both to catch spills, and provide some cushion. A kilim instantly makes a white room warm. The rich colors and often graphic patterns pair well with modern decor; Frank Lloyd Wright championed the look. If you’re not convinced, have a look at these 12 spaces.


PLAZA Interior featured the home of Hanna Wessman, host of Extreme Home Makeover, who added a feminine kilim to her kitchen. The rose-toned hue plays nicely with the Danish modern wood dining chairs.


The black borders on this geometric kilim helps ground the white space, along with the black Wishbone and Eames dining chairs and spindly table.


As seen on IKEA’s blog Livet hemma, a glass table designed by Carl Öjerstamfrom lets the mismatched chairs and stripey, fringed kilim take center stage.


David Cafiero of Cafiero Select designed this kitchen, seen in Lonny. The blue/gray fronts of the cabinetry warm up the basic white forms, as does the Persian runner and wicker baskets.


Jessie Webster, photographer and blogger behind Sweet Thing, uses a Navajo-inspired antique kilim rug to add color underneath her Restoration Hardware dining table and ’40s-era bentwood chairs in her Silverlake, Los Angeles home, featured on Design Sponge.

Photo by Sean Fennessy for The Design Files

Tom Dixon’s copper pendant is just the right touch for picking up the earthy tones of the kilim in this Melbourne, Australia dining space. The green tolix stools are an unexpected touch.


The family who lives in this home featured in Elle Interior Sweden owns vintage shop Dusty Deco in Stockholm. The somewhat formal kilim pulls together the room, with its mismatched chairs and retro Smeg fridge.


Designed by CPH Square, the expansive stainless steel kitchen in this loft is made immediately cozy with a kilim.


The blogger behind Hither & Tither shows off her kitchen, complete with rustic cabinetry, well-worn kilim, and mid-century modern classics.


This typical Copenhagen home with white floors and walls, finds strong contrast with black chairs and picture frames, along with a diamond-patterned kilim with black fringe.

Photo by Trevor Tondro for the New York Times

Photo by Trevor Tondro for the New York Times

Anne Maxwell Foster of design firm Tilton Fenwick opted for a kilim with a Southwestern style to cozy up her Brooklyn loft. We love how the blue/gray cabintry works with the same color stripe in the rug.

For more of this look, check out Montage: 30 Kitchen Kilims on StyleCarrot.

Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.