Kobeiagi Kilims: traditional hand-woven rugs with a twist
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:
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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