Wrap yourself up in the Norwegian culture all to the soundtrack of fiddles and harps. Their fresh caught seafood lines the buffet tables. Folklore creatures of elves, trolls and witches scurry through the countryside. Bitter cold temperatures force the people into sweaters and under the warmth of many blankets.
The story of Roros Tweed is a Norwegian tale that dates back to the 1700s. The discovery of copper in Roros enlightened a portion of society with great wealth, however the majority of the people suffered harsh poverty. A heroic move by Peder Hiort upon his death in 1789 changed the course of Norwegian business forever. He left the request that his fortune create a fund for wool and linen to be donated to the poor. The genius knew that this gesture would infuse the people with hope and a brighter future. They began immediately studying the nature of textiles, diving into the artistry of blankets. To this day, these blankets produced in Norway stand out, as they have continuously receive the Norwegian Design Council’s Award for Design Excellence.
Roros Tweed blankets showcase a fabulous display of an amazing collection of designers including Elle mElle, Arne & Carlos, Anderssen & Voll, Bengt Linberg, Connie Moltubakk, Margun Underhaug, Kyle Hanslien, Scandinavian Surface and Finn Schjoll. Where some are bright with exciting pops of color and irregular patterns, others promote the true essence of the culture with a block quilted look. Still, many compete with the modern and current as they are designed with graphic images that appeal to todays trends.