Kobeiagi Kilims, lead by designer and illustrator Nina Mršnik and architect Ivana Blaž have decided to revive the lost tradition of hand-woven rugs. The duo has launched a Kickstarter campaign, that has already reached its goal, to give kilims a breath of new life. Based on their own patterns and illustrations, the design team has given traditional rugs a fresh and contemporary look. You can back up their campaign here!
Traditionally kilims can be used as a rug, blanket, cover, or even wall decoration. Every kilim is unique and it is the result of concentrated, patient handicraft; thus a kilim of 100 cm x 70 cm takes 4 days to realize, while the largest kilim with the dimensions of 200 cm x 300 cm takes a good six weeks!
The weavers use exclusively local wool, which is renowned for its superior quality. Wool is a remarkable material, as its thermo-regulating properties allow it to keep one warm in the winter and cool in the heat.
The idea of kilims came from the duo’s background. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ivana has been surrounded by kilims from hear early childhood, as they were an indispensable element of decor in many a home in former Yugoslavia. These days they are harder to find in contemporary homes, something Mršnik and Blaž hope to change through fresh patterns.
Kobeiagi kilims should be purchased for yourself. By understanding the accurate and devoted work that such carpets demand and the high level of their quality, the customer is aware that the end product will be long lasting and might become a family treasure passed on from generation to generation.
– Nina Mršnik and Ivana Blaž
The Kickstarter campaign introduces four designs: Lejla Kilim, Stana Kilim, Massari Rosso Kilim and Baja Kilim. Each design is fun and colourful with Lejla being the most traditional out of the four.
Check out their Kickstarter campaign for more details and back them up to secure your own kilim!
*All images and information courtesy of Kobeiagi Kilims.