Rugs are generally classified by their country or region of origin. Balkan Kilims come from Southeast Europe, an area that by 1500 belonged to the Ottoman Empire. Some historians believe kilims were actually invented in the Balkans and Middle East. Traditional Balkan rugs show Islamic influences as well as nomadic tribal traits. This category includes Moldavian, Sharkoy, Manastir, and Gocmen Kilims.
To learn more about kilims, see our Oriental Rugs Page