WHAT IS A KILIM?
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.
HOW IS IT MADE?
Our kilims are made by the skilled weavers of Lejla’s workshop, which is located in a small town in central Bosnia. We source the finest wool from the long-fleeced sheep locally. The wool is spun and plied into threads and finally 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.
Every kilim is unique and it is the result of concentrated, patient handicraft; thus a kilim of 100 cm x 70 cm takes 7 days to realize, while the largest kilim with the dimensions of 200 cm x 300 cm takes a good six weeks!
CARE AND WASH INSTRUCTIONS
Our chief weaver Lejla taught us the following about how to clean a Kilim best: it can be vacuum-cleaned but it should never be washed in a washing machine or even be soaked in water. The colours that we use are natural, so they wash off if we use water in abundance. Best is to take a cloth or sponge and moist it with a mixture of cold water and winegar and gently clean the kilim. Never use any chemicals to wash your kilim! If you just spilled something on it, then press on the spill with a cloth to absorb the liquid. If there is some dried residue on your kilim, use a brush to scrub it gently and then vacuum the loosen residue. Turn around your kilims from time to time, to equalise wear.
ON BEING HANDMADE
Please note that all our products are handmade by our fantastic weavers one piece at a time. Due to this process there may be a slight variation from one item to the next. Such variations are inherent in the manufacturing of handmade products, so you may expect minor differences that will make your kilim special and truly one of a kind.
Kobeiagi Kilims was founded by Ivana Blaž and Nina Mršnik, an architect from Bosnia and a designer and illustrator from Slovenia. After living and studying all around the world we are back at home in the Balkans with the shared love for beautifully made objects.
We want to open a new chapter in the revival of the Bosnian kilim’s popularity because we believe that its high quality, combined with a freshened and unique design, enables the kilim to rise above the huge supply of cheap carpets of mass production.
The idea of starting the ‘kilim revival’ project had been on our minds for quite some time before it ripened; but after our visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we saw that almost nobody continues to practice this traditional, centuries-old craft, we decided to step into action. On that same occasion we made the acquaintance of Mrs Lejla, the driving force behind the small community of women in Bosnia who to this day continue the production of kilims. We were completely fascinated by the weavers’ skills; thus we immediately found common ground and started collaborating.