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Our kilims feature a contemporary design and are hand-woven in Bosnia using traditional techniques.
Our kilims feature a contemporary design and are hand-woven in Bosnia using traditional techniques.
Our kilims feature a contemporary design and are hand-woven in Bosnia using traditional techniques.
112 backers pledged $12,215 to help bring this project to life.

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Kobeiagi Kilims: traditional hand-woven rugs with a twist

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A Kilim is a traditional hand-woven wool fabric which can be used as a rug, a blanket, or to cover a bed or sofa, and can also be used to decorate walls and windows. (If you happen to have a horse or a mule, go ahead and use it as a saddle!) It will keep you warm, even if you’re only sitting on it, or leaning against it; when you place it on the floor or a wall, it works as a natural insulation. 

Our kilims are made by the skilled weavers of Lejla’s workshop, which is located in the Bosnian town of Visoko. We source the finest wool from the long-fleeced sheep locally, and the wool is taken from rough bale to coloured thread within Visoko. It has to be spun, plied into thread and dyed before our weavers can begin their work. Every part of our kilim weaving process takes place in a 20km (12miles) radius, meaning they are truly a local product.

We have reimagined the kilim as a modern product without sacrificing its traditional method of manifacture. That is the reason we have created new patterns that would fit into the lives of our family and friends:

This kilim is named after our weaver-captain’s favorite design. She likes it because of its more traditional pattern.
This kilim is named after our weaver-captain’s favorite design. She likes it because of its more traditional pattern.
Our friends (and the best analog visuals duo in Slovenia) Kaja and Lea, love our LEJLA kilim in  size XL.
Our friends (and the best analog visuals duo in Slovenia) Kaja and Lea, love our LEJLA kilim in size XL.
Nina’s great aunt Stana is the cleverest, most witty and interesting member of the family. She gets a kilim named after her because she knows the recipes of everyone’s favourite food by heart.
Nina’s great aunt Stana is the cleverest, most witty and interesting member of the family. She gets a kilim named after her because she knows the recipes of everyone’s favourite food by heart.
Kaja and our STANA kilim in size L.
Kaja and our STANA kilim in size L.
Inspired by the Massari Rossos, the funkiest Venetian family we know. This kilim will be used by their three kids- Nina, Martino and Ida to play on.
Inspired by the Massari Rossos, the funkiest Venetian family we know. This kilim will be used by their three kids- Nina, Martino and Ida to play on.
The MASSARI-ROSSO kilim in size M works really well in the dining area of our friends Ada  and Jurij.
The MASSARI-ROSSO kilim in size M works really well in the dining area of our friends Ada and Jurij.
Baja is Nina's mother and we made this uncolored, striped kilim for her house on the Slovenian coast. She uses it to cover the side of the couch from which Trik –the dog is banned. As predicted, it has since become Trik's favorite spot.
Baja is Nina's mother and we made this uncolored, striped kilim for her house on the Slovenian coast. She uses it to cover the side of the couch from which Trik –the dog is banned. As predicted, it has since become Trik's favorite spot.
Lea and our BAJA kilim in size L.
Lea and our BAJA kilim in size L.
                   
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We started this campaign to obtain  the initial capital to pay for materials and labour, helping to keep this traditional and beautiful craft alive in Bosnia. Just a few decades ago, almost every Bosnian woman was taught the skills necessary to create kilims, but those skills are dying out, and there are very few women who can make them today. Our weavers will teach the younger generations the kilim-weaving technique, so they can pass it on to future generations.

We live in a culture of fast consumption; we buy new objects every day. The satisfaction of possessing something long-term is fading. However, the skill and dedication put into creating Kobeiagi Kilim rugs guarantees that they’ll last for more than a century. Imagine buying something today that will pass down through your family – that your children and grandchildren will be able to play on and love, and even pass on to their children. Our goal is to make beautiful objects that connect generations.

Nina and Ivana met in Venice, where they studied architecture and industrial design, respectively. They have been friends ever since. Ivana is originally from Bosnia and Nina is Slovenian. After living together for three years in Italy, Nina went on to study design in Portugal and later attended the Royal College of Art in London. Ivana moved to Barcelona where she attended Elisava and UPC. Shortly after completing their studies, they moved to Slovenia – since then they’ve been involved in community projects, object and space design, illustration and architecture.

                                                  
  • RIIBA (Luka Kaše, Gašper Milkovič Bilosav, Mateja Tomažinčič, Marko Vivoda) for the great video and photos, all the travelling around with us and letting us work in their cooworking space
  • Niko Klanšek for being a great business consultant
  • Gaja Mežnarić Osole and Mina Arko for our amazing visual identity
  • Blaž Beuermann for making our website
  • Sumejja, the organisations that is run by our Ms. Lejla and hosts our weavers for being a great partner in this project
  • Matej Rodela of TOK TOK, Matija Milkovič Biloslav and Melissa Gagne for sharing all their Kickstarter knowledge with us
  • Jan Kikelj for his regular, clever advice
  • Neda, Baja, Stana, Ada, Jurij, Mila, Sofia, Anja, Maša, Kaja, Lea and Alenka for being such great models and/or for letting us take over your houses
  • Corinne Brenko for being smart and our main proof reader
  • Kate Airey, Ajda Čakardić, Biljana Pavlović, Amaya Goñi Molestina, Marijana Badrov and Marko Horvat for helping us translating and proof reading all the texts, emails and press releases
  • Tine Nagy for his skill of pointing out the right thing
  • Slavko, Jadranka and Josip Blaž for all the logistic help now and in the future
  • Adil and Sanja Kulenović for all the Bosnian contacts
  • Emir Kadrić for providing us the best wool
  • Olga Lalević and Marica Filipović for granting us access to the National museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jesusonecstasy and Jay Kay for improving our sound

Risks and challenges

We have already designed all the patterns and have carefully chosen our weavers, so we are in a safe position. We've also researched and chosen the best shipping options and most of the arrangements have been confirmed. We are ready to get our kilims to your homes and hope that you will feel the passion that all our team put into it.

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    KILIM PILLOW

    You get a hand-woven pillow case with elements from one of our four patterns (your choice).
    Hand-woven in Bosnia (Europe) from organic cotton and wool.

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    EARLY KILIM

    You get our 70 x 100cm (28" x 39") kilim in the pattern of your choice made with the best quality wool.
    Our skilled weavers need 1 week to make this kilim.
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    MEDIUM KILIM

    You get our 70 x 100cm (28" x 39") kilim in the pattern of your choice made from the best quality wool.
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    MEDIUM PACK

    You get our 70 x 100cm (28" x 39") kilim in the pattern of your choice made from the best quality wool and two woven pillowcases (patterns of your choice).
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    PORTRAIT KILIM
    your portrait drawn by our Nina Mršnik and hand woven by our weavers into a great 50 x 70 cm (28"x 39") wall piece kilim
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    LARGE KILIM

    You get our 140 x 200 cm (55" x 79") kilim in the pattern of your choice made from the best quality wool.
    Our skilled weavers need 3 weeks to make this kilim.
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    XLARGE KILIM

    You get our 200 x 300 cm (79"x 118") kilim in the pattern of your choice made from the best quality wool.
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