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Siggada is the Arabic word for ‘carpet’.

Kilims are flat woven carpets. They do not have a pile. The flatweave design is made by interweaving variously colored wefts and warps, usually made with wool.

The word kilim is of Turkish origin. Flat weaving techniques are practised between cultural groups across many geographic locations ranging from the Balkans through to Pakistan.

A Qashqaei woman weaving a kilim in Shiraz Fars province

A Qashqaei woman weaving a kilim in Shiraz Fars province

They are hand woven on a loom. The loom holds the longitudinal strands (known as warps) under tension so that the horizontal strands (called wefts) can be woven between the warps to produce a kilim rug.

Looms may vary in type, size and complexity of construction, depending on the job.

Historically in remote areas, people utilised what they had, sheep, camel, or goats wool, and various plants for dye colours. The loom could be as simple as being made out of sticks.

Originally kilims were made for practical purposes, for example, grain, salt and donkey bags, were woven by nomadic people needing to be able to carry their belongings.

The motifs depicted in kilim design often have religious, talismanic or totemic meanings and tell the stories of their weavers. These motif traditions have been passed down from one generation to the next. Creating these designs, while retaining structural integrity, requires great skill and knowledge of different weaving techniques.

Don’t use high suction settings, vacuum on both sides, and don’t vacuum the fringe since with repeated applications as some of the fringe may be torn off.

Spot cleaning
Use one part white wine vinegar to two parts water and dab carefully with the weave.

Professional Cleaners
Have your kilim cleaned professionally by services specialising in this type of work.

Never wash your kilim in a washing machine.
Never use dry cleaners or general cleaning companies who often use chemicals that can cause damage.

Yes Siggada can source any style of kilim you would like. Simply send us a photo of what your after to with your dimensions and well match as best we can from our range of suppliers. Remember no two kilims are exactly the same but region wise their similarities can be matched.

Yes just call Lisa on 021 190 6050 to arrange a time that is convenient for you.

Yes you are welcome to try any pieces out in your home to see if they work.

Siggada specialises in handwoven items only.

Siggadas kilims are sourced by a well seasoned designer to compliment contemporary homes. Vintage pieces are usually selected for their unique dyes, technique and designs. They are in a class of their own and no two are the same.

Yes, not a problem.

Yes, simply choose what option you’d like and well do the rest. Send all enquiries to or call Lisa on 021 190 6050 to discuss your needs.

Yes depending on size we send

small items by courier (cost $9)  or

large items via Mainfreight ($cost weight dependant) from Auckland to other city centres within NZ. All orders over $500 will be delivered free of charge.

Please enquire via email for overseas postage costs to

Siggada recommends using an underlay called GiltGrip. This has slight ‘stickiness’ that grips both onto the floor and rug but leaves no residue on the floor. GiltGrip underlay not only adds an extra sponginess to the kilim but also prolongs its life from wear and tear.

Siggada stocks GiltGrip which you can purchase. GiltGrip comes in two width sizes (1800mm – $35 per metre and 900mm – $25 per metre) and can be cut to any length thats required.

  • Siggada uses Fastway Couriers for all kilim deliveries.
  • The delivery time for all New Zealand orders is approximately 1 to 4 working days.
  • This is a signature required service (unless you are a rural delivery which does not require a signature or select the authorise delivery without a signature option). If you select the authorised delivery without a signature option you must specify in detail where the courier driver may leave your parcel safely.
  • When you place your order, please supply a physical address (please no PO Boxes) such as a workplace or a residence, where there will be someone present to sign for your item (unless otherwise selected). 
  • Deliveries take place Monday to Friday. 
  • If Fastway Couriers attempt to deliver your parcel but you are not home, they will leave a card to call. Your parcel will be returned to their depot for collection. You may book a redelivery on their website free of charge. See
  • Siggada takes no responsibility for attempted deliveries.
  • Please note: although some small kilim pieces could fit into a smaller nzpost bags, there is no insurance for items over $400. We do however send the towels, robes and cushions via nzpost which is more cost efficient for these articles.