After graduating from Istanbul's Academy of Fine Arts, Belkıs Balpınar worked as the curator of carpets at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts and was the founding director at the Vakıflar Carpet and Kilim Museum in Istanbul. Giving lectures in Turkey and abroad, Balpınar is a researcher and the author of several books and articles on kilims and carpets. Using traditional kilim texture, she pioneered the art form, artkilim, in 1986.
Belkıs Balpınar's designs are inspired by the various spatial planes in the universe and microcosm. Her one-piece designs are woven for exhibition at art galleries. However, Balpınar also creates commissioned artkilims with special patterns for various corporations and private individuals.