Regalerija is a newly established company for the production of "custom made" carpets and tapestries. Only the name of the company and the work space are new, and the tradition of carpet production in Zabok goes back a long way.
Carpets began to be produced in the reGALLERY as far back as 1967, when the company operated through the Zagorje wool fabric industry (ZIVT), a little later through the company Zivtex, and finally continued under the auspices of Regeneracija. What is most important is that we have preserved the technology and know-how of handcrafting carpets. Throughout the years, company has collaborated with renowned Croatian and international artists, architects and designers with various backgrounds, yielding lasting cultural value and producing top-notch wool carpets and tapestries. Over the years, they have become fixtures in various tourist accommodation establishments, commercial buildings and private homes in Croatia and abroad.
The participation of company and 14 Croatian artists in the Picasso and New Tapestry exhibition, with around 30 large tapestries made by the company, was hailed as a "miraculous transformation" of a paintbrush sketch into a textile mural. The exhibition, which was a joint endeavour of the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Paris Art Centre, put the company on the global cultural map. The largest tapestry in the world was made in the late 1980s, which is documented in Guinness World Records. The motifs of the 1,242 m2 tapestry named the History of Iraq depict 3,000 years of the history and culture of the aforementioned country.
Frane Delale drafted the sketch used to make the History of Iraq tapestry. It took 6 months to complete the tapestry, which was then fitted by the company's team in Baghdad.
For years, this breathtaking tapestry adorned one of the palaces in Baghdad, though following events in subsequent years, we have been unable to learn the fate of this masterpiece.
The 1990s and early 2000s were highlighted by our partnership with the German company CoDesigners, which enabled our business to become an international presence, with our products becoming fixtures in tourism, business and private premises across Europe.
Company still operates in Germany under that brand name. Another important project for us, named Self-Portraits, was initiated in 2013 and includes collaborations with contemporary artists, architects and designers with the aim of keeping the creative spirit and the tradition of collaborating with artists alive, much like notable Croatian visual artists did in the 1970s and 1980s.
The CoDesigners carpets, as well as those from the Self-Portraits project, are displayed in our Regallery.