Handwoven textiles, in particular macrame and kilim, are increasing in popularity by the minute and seen in everything from clothing to home decor. 

Textiles add warmth and character to an interior. Differing textures, patterns, and colors awaken the senses, while providing artistic embellishment. Normally, we only consider typical uses, like curtains, tablecloths, pillows, and bedding; however, handmade textiles are transformed into new forms every day.

Unlike needlework, weaving and knotting are usually done solely by hand - you can’t replicate this style with a sewing machine. These types of craftsmanship are available in numerous designs, but they aren’t nearly as fine as needlework. This doesn’t mean they lack detail. The process simply involves manufacturing at a much larger level. Knotting and weaving were intended to produce handwoven textiles like rugs, tapestries, and interior hangings.

Knotted and woven designs are on the move and finding their way back into modern-day living spaces. Both knotting and weaving date back hundreds of years and have long histories in cultures from around the world. Right now, macrame and kilim are leading the pack with their exotic influence.

Macrame is a form of textile production using a hand knotting technique that creates a web-like pattern. “Macramé comes from a 13th century Arabic weavers’ word ‘migramah’ meaning ‘fringe.’ This refers to the decorative fringes on camels and horses which help, amongst other things, to keep the flies off in the hot desert regions of northern Africa.”


Handwoven Textiles Macrame Weaving Pattern

Via Encyclopedia of Needlework

Kilim is a flat-tapestry woven textile, which involves interlaced threads of fabric that make an almost grid-like formation. It is thought to have originated in regions, such as the Balkans and Pakistan. “The term 'kilim' originates from the Persian gelīm (گلیم) where it means 'to spread roughly', perhaps of Mongolian origin.”


Handwoven Textiles Kilim Weaving Pattern

Via Aladdin Rugs

As you can see macrame involves strategically knotting threads into various patterns; whereas, kilim weaving uses an interlaced pattern to join the threads.

If you're having trouble trying to imagine how each design would look incorporated into your home, there are plenty of stylish ways it can be done. When you picture wall art, you likely think of an oil painting, photograph, or print. All of these are great ways to beautify a room, but everyone likes options. Sometimes you want to spice things up. Woven or knotted wall art is an unexpected detail that can be used to decorate your home.

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Handwoven Textiles Macrame Woven Wall Art Home Decor above CD Stand Plants

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You can see how earthy this macrame piece feels within this space, as the deep brown and fluid nature of the piece is complemented by the very happy aloe vera plant. Matched also with the natural wood of the CD stand and those really awesome rocks, this space really makes me feel like I’m close to nature.

Handwoven Textiles Neutral DIY Yarn Wall Hanging Project Home Decor Copper Chair Plants


I love the contrast between the white washed brick wall and the rich colors of this handwoven macramé art, which pair very well with the copper chair. That chair is pretty awesome itself, and is a great place to hold that cute little succulent.

In the entry or hallway, a piece with strong imagery is great and will create a lot of visual interest. You can’t go wrong with a knotted screen or a kilim upholstered bench. First impressions are everything, so woven textiles are a sure way to make your entrance grand. Plus, that wall gallery on the left is pretty awesome!

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Handwoven Textiles Hanging Woven Art Home Decor in Bedroom

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A bedside piece will accessorize without overwhelming your entire room. Notice how this hanging adds a dash of color to the bedroom. Handwoven textiles are typically modest enough to blend with just about any decorative style, so there’s no need to worry about clashing.

Go big or go home! Instead of a traditional headboard, using a large wall hanging or tapestry is a stylish alternative. They are usually lightweight, so it's much easier to change them out when compared to a bulky headboard. This rainbow colored one is amazing. So many colors, so much texture! What a statement piece! And what about that macrame headboard on the right? It looks fantastic! This would be something I would put in my bedroom, because I don’t currently have or want a big headboard. This, however, fits my needs and my love for hand woven textiles

Handwoven textiles can be used as a centerpiece or focal point in the dining room also. No need to add a large painting or heavy sculpture. If you like the way your walls look, but still want to add a pop of color, a kilim rug is an excellent option. They come in many different colors, patterns, and sizes. You could even add more of those colors into other parts of your room if you wanted, or just let the rug do all of the talking!

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Maybe you need to jazz up your home office or sitting area. A small hanging with elaborate detail has just as much power as a larger wall hanging. This large yellow-gold hand woven art adds a pop of brightness against the blue wall, and looks great next to those ombre pink curtains. This smaller design in the office is super cute, too. It’s soft in color, and blends well with the current decor. The second piece kind of hides behind the plant, but I find it to be a neat design choice to have the ivy hanging there. Plus, I really love ivy because they just grow everywhere and it’s adorable to me.

Handwoven Textiles DIY Copper Wall Hanging above Dark Brown Table with Indoor Plant Decor

Via Sarah Sherman Samuel

This last example uses copper piping instead of your typical wooden rods and beads, and I kind of love it. It adds a whole new dimension of awesome to this textile decor. The copper also plays nicely off the deep color of the wooden desk. It’s such a great choice, and I would totally replicate this for a gift for my sister!

There are so many styles and patterns to choose from with these fun designs! From bright and bold to soft neutrals, or maybe even tribal, there’s a little something for everyone in the world of handmade textiles. Thanks for reading! Please share and comment with some of your favorite woven decor ideas!

Thank you to Encyclopedia of Needlework and Aladdin Rugs for providing valuable information on macrame and kilim weaving. The featured image is from Houzz.