Kasthall

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Founded in 1889, Kasthall produces floor coverings rooted in Scandinavian tradition. Recent woven collections, though still refined in form and proportion, have wandered into colorful and conceptual territory: Inspirations for recent woven collections include themes as diverse as coat and furniture ...more


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    Founded in 1889, Kasthall produces floor coverings rooted in Scandinavian tradition. Recent woven collections, though still refined in form and proportion, have wandered into colorful and conceptual territory: Inspirations for recent woven collections include themes as diverse as coat and furniture fabrics from the ’50s and ’60s, and the heathers of the British highlands. The company exports 70 percent of its product, mostly to Italy, the U.S. and Germany. Thanks to the company’s extensive archives, Kasthall also offers clients the possibility of recreating prior custom orders. One archive consists of wall-to-wall carpets and includes samples of everything made from 1962 onward (as well as a smattering of 1950s designs). The collection was recently restored by Peter Otell; he also interfaces between the design and production departments, translating creative sketches into technical details. A second archive catalogs the hand-tufted rugs the company began making in 1972. Each rug is individually numbered, and the archive currently holds approximately 35,000 records. The archives contain small samples of patterns, color tufts, designer sketches and photographs as well as technical and client information. Although Kasthall’s designers can refer to the archives for inspiration, they are used mainly for reproductions, or revisions: Clients frequently want new rugs that, if not exact copies, deploy the same colors and patterns as their previous treasures.

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