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    By Noha El Taher, Co-Founder, Kiliim Five years after the launch of our brand, we've been inspired by the artisans we've worked with and the power our collaboration has over improving their living standards and sustaining crafts from our cultural heritage. This led us to reflect on who we are and what we will aim to work on in the future. This past year we've been working on two major changes, one of which is our visual identity. Our previous logo and identity was very telling of who Kiliim was when we launched, it was a company of just two people and

    Fowa used to be a central hub for trade; pictured here is Raba' El Khatayba built in the 19th Century. Being one of Fowa's landmarks & biggest historical trade venues, it was used as a guest house for traders passing by the city as well as a marketplace to store and display the goods. #KiliimStories

    Geziret ElDahab is one of Fowwa's most picturesque landmarks, however it is legend to many tales. It is claimed by the locals to have been the home to a Pharonic queen, Fawa, of which the village was named. Upon her death, her entire savings of gold and other treasures are claimed to have been buried underneath the island, and the only way to access this tomb, is through a complex labyrinth of cursed passageways that begin underneath the mosque of Sidi Abou ElNasr, another famous Fowwa landmark. Tales have been told about men who have attempted to claim the gold but

    Our story begins in Fowwa, a small village that sits on the western banks of the Nile Delta. Just a few decades ago, Fowwa used to be a hub for kilim weaving and home to thousands of workshops, however with a declining tourism industry and the fast spread of cheaper machine made rugs, Fowwa's main industry began to fade. Join Kiliim's initiative to put Fowwa back on the local and international map for authentic craftsmanship. #KiliimStories

    Fowwa is ranked third in Egyptian Islamic cities and fourth in the world, as it's home to exactly 365 mosques, domes, and Islamic monuments; equal to the number of days in a year; allowing UNESCO to choose Fowwa as a world heritage site. Pictured here is one of Fowwa's largest mosques, Abu El Makarem, built in 1850 A.D. in remembrance of Azhar Sheikh El Sayed Abu El Makarem who introduced Sufism in Fowwa.#KiliimStories

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