I went on a whirlwind trip to Playtime Paris last weekend and just had to share my ‘coup du coeur’ with all of you. There’s always so much to see at these events that it’s difficult to do justice to every designer, product, or booth. I tend to run the aisles quickly, trusting my instincts and hoping to find something that will make me stop in my tracks. And I did.
Wool Fabrique is a new Franco-Bosnian company offering a small yet exciting range of rugs, baskets, bags and cushions that are perfect for a kid’s room (or any modern space in need of pattern and color).
Everything is designed by Maya Bekto, a cinema stylist with a passion for traditional Eastern European crafts and mother to two little boys. Her sister Vesna oversees the production process in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Wool Fabrique is very much a family affair.
It’s easy to see that the two sisters are committed to reviving the art of traditional rug and basket-making techniques. They are also determined to support the Bosnian community by making sure that the skilled craftswomen they use are recognized for their work and paid accordingly (the company is in the process of obtaining Fair Trade certification).
The company is fledgling, as is its website. Many of the products I saw in Paris are not online yet but will be available soon. I fell in love with their huge, fluffy cushions and bold carpet designs, bang on trend in Europe.
Handwoven from pure wool, their products are perfect for a child’s room. The pillows are made to be tossed around, the rugs to be played on, and the baskets to be filled with toys. Like any good kilim, the more wear the better.
I have a feeling that Wool Fabrique will go far. Their products are eye-catching, eco-conscious and beautifully made. They have a soul. Contact Maya via the Wool Fabrique if you are interested in finding out more.