Kilim Slippers

One of the highlights of yesterday’s Michael Bastian FW12 show was the use of Kilim slippers, which you can see in the first photo. Kilims are traditionally flat tapestry-woven carpets or rugs produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. They’re produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft yarns to produce a flat surface with no pile. Though they’re traditionally made into rugs, you can get kilim anything - upholstery, bags, shoes, etc. Drake’s also has a few kilim inspired pocket squares and scarves this year, but they’re obviously made out of soft silks and not a thick rugged wool. You can order them from E. Marinella

There are a number of places that sell Kilim slippers. Stubbs and Wootton and Pickett are two “mainstream” suppliers. The best place that I know of, however, is Nomad Ideas, which sells genuine handmade versions from Turkey. Price is about $165 plus shipping. To see what designs they have, you need to email them and tell them your shoe size so that they can send you photos. From my experience, they typically send over a picture of four or five shoes, but this doesn’t mean they don’t have more. If you give them an idea of what you’re looking for, they can better select things that may appeal to you. 

I thought about getting a pair of these last year, but only for the home (they’re meant to be house shoes). I have a number of East Indian rugs in my apartment, and I thought walking around in these would be a good complement to them. I ended up passing, but perhaps I should reconsider.

  1. tredicielupo said: Just a heads up D-rock - The slippers in the 2nd picture down are needlepoint, not carpet.
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