It is believed that Emperor Akbar brought with him the art of carpet weaving to India in the 16th Century. The presence of Kilims has been around for centuries and the earliest kilim can be dated back to the 4th Century. Kilims are typically flat woven tapestries woven with warp and weft strands on a loom. Kilims were not seen as decorative or symbolic pieces, and the initial kilims woven by nomadic tribes of Middle Eastern regions were many used for utilitarian purposes. Over years, the typical yarns used such as wool, cotton, linen and silk had fancier ones included such as gold and animal hair. The kilims were slowly being used as decorative pieces and traditional kilims have distinct floral and geometric motifs with brightly coloured yarn. The threads are woven very tightly and taut to ensure there are no spaces or traces of plain warp threads. This in turn results in the characteristic flatly woven surface of the kilims.