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“A garden seen from above.” Thus describes the designer and artist Jakob Solgren the motif on the tufted rug he has designed in collaboration with Svenskt Tenn. The rug, which is distinguished by a warped geometry and an oblong hole in the middle, required much innovative thinking for the traditional carpet manufacturer Kasthall in Kinna.
The artist Jakob Solgren studied ceramics and glass at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm. He has, among other things, exhibited his “Gren” boxes – designed for Svenskt Tenn – at the Nationalmuseum in 2012. Read more
Effective vacuuming is the easiest and most environmentally friendly cleaning method. Do not use a vacuum cleaner with a rotary brush nozzle on long pile rugs where there is a risk of damaging the yarn and the twisted thread pairs. Note that it is quite normal for the rug to loose individual fibres when used, these are excess fibres and does not affect the general quality of the rug. If you want to get rid of excess fibres faster, you can vacuum the rug daily for an initial period.
To get a more even exposure to sunlight and wear, we recommend that you rotate the rug regularly.
To remove dry stains, we recommend scraping. Begin from the edge of the stain and scrape towards the centre. Take care not to damage the fibres. Remove wet stains by laying kitchen roll on the stain. Then use warm water and a cloth or sponge. Dampen the stain, soak up the water, then repeat the process until the stain is gone. Be careful not to wet the rug too much, as this can affect the glue which holds the yarns in place. Remember that hand tufted rugs in linen are sensitive to water, so take particular care with the amount of water you use. Do not rub the stain, as that makes it more difficult to remove, and can also damage the fibres. On greasy and other difficult stains, you can use a ph-neutral, bleach-free cleaner. Sponge thoroughly to remove all traces of the cleaner, so that the fibres can regain their natural properties. Residual cleaner can cause allergies.
Professional cleaning We recommend that the rug is cleaned by a professional cleaner, using the extraction method on a flat surface.
Sustainability and manufacturing
Svenskt Tenn’s rugs are manufactured primarily by two suppliers in Sweden. The wool in the rugs comes from New Zealand, which is known for having the best animal husbandry in the world, and the warp is either of flax cultivated in France or of polyester made in Germany. The yarn is dyed in Sweden and in Italy, with colours that are approved in accordance with the EU’s REACH Regulation. It has been adopted to protect people and the environment from harmful chemicals.
There is something balletic about the production in Sweden’s oldest rug factory. Kasthall has woven and tufted rugs since 1889, and Fredrik, who shoots in the wool in the fabric with a tuft pistol, contribute to this impression. Both his and the other tufters’ lifts move rhythmically as the work progresses upwards on the large, stretched fabrics.
When the tufting is completed the rugs’ stitches are sealed with water-based glue which also helps to retain the carpet’s shape. To the wet glue an additional protective fabric is applied which makes the carpet more stable.
Fifteen hours later the carpet is dry and cut from its loom. An edge of the tuft weave is folded by hand on the back of the carpet in order to give it a stable finish. A plane is run along the carpet pile, in order to ensure that the surface is as smooth as possible. The craftsman also smooths the edges of the carpet with scissors before vacuuming it. Lastly, the carpet is marked with a leather label signed by the weaver or the tufter.
Today, more than 100 people work in the brick buildings a few miles southwest of Borås. The room filled with wool samples from floor to ceiling bears witness to the organisation and the quantity of carpets that have been produced over the years. In the late 19th century, the yarn was spun in the factory, which had its own yarn dyeing works. Today, yarns of wool and flax are purchased, and the manufacturing methods have also changed over the years. Nevertheless, it is still handwork.
“Kasthall’s carpets are the carpet industry’s equivalent to art glass,” explains Lena Jiseborn, Range Director. “Product developers and designers work side by side and the personal contact in each step plays an important role for the final outcome.”
Sustainability in focus
Read more about Svenskt Tenn's Sustainability Philosophy below.
Length 240 cm Width 160 cm, Wool
Home delivery2,500 SEK
Our distributor will contact you within 5-10 workdays after placed order. Your furniture is delivered and carried into the room of your choice. We remove the packaging and dispose of it for you.
Delivery times and shipping costs are estimated. Actual times and prices are shown at checkout.
You can also pay with Svenskt Tenn’s gift cards.
Return & Exchange
30 day right to return
We offer a 30-day open purchase and return policy. You pay for the return shipping.
If you wish to return an item, please register it here.
30 day right to exchange
We offer a 30-day open purchase and return policy. You can exchange one item for another by placing a new order on our website. A new shipping fee will be added, and you also pay for the return shipping.
The policy do not apply to fabric by the metre or for made-to-order products. If you want to return stocked furniture, please contact Svenskt Tenn’s Customer Service.