Travel diary

For many years, we have been traveling to Nepal and India regularly to visit the workshops where our hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs are produced. Apart from the creation of new collections, our concern for these countries and their people is becoming more pronounced each year. Their unending patience, kindness and joie de vivre inspire us and show us how little it takes to be happy.

What could be more exciting than seeing our rugs while they are still on the looms, being made?
Here, you can watch true masters of their craft and admire their incredible dexterity up close. In the workshops, men and women work together in small groups, the tone is easy-going. The age-old tradition of knotting rugs has been carried forward almost unchanged.

On the loom right now is "Shibori Wave", a design from the Shibori Collection, inspired by the Japanese dyeing technique of the same name: Soft pastels and gentle colour transitions prevail, mohair adds an extravagant touch.

Of course, there is someone who inspects all rugs on site: Rainer Jedinat. Originally from Reutlingen in Swabia, he has been living in Nepal for more than 20 years and knows all there is to know about rugs: knot density, warp tension or colour control, nothing escapes his eye. He is an ardent advocate of superior craftsmanship with high demands on production standards.

The loom itself looks rather ancient, not modern at all. The carefully stretched warp threads form the basis of each hand-knotted rug. The knotting tools look just as archaic and never cease to amaze us – we cannot visit Nepal without taking another photo of panja and thuwa.

Looking at "Fantaisie Impromptu" from the "Lost in Translation" Collection, there is always a new detail to discover, since it offers so many colours, shapes and different materials – pure joie de vivre that seems to be contagious, triggering the same feeling in the person knotting the rug.

Amazing still lives can be found anywhere in Kathmandu: mugs and bowls, pots and cans of the most amazing shapes and colours – which goes to show that beauty can be found in the street or just behind a hut.

Working with approximately 20 base colours, an experienced dyer can easily produce up to 2.000 different shades. How is this supposed to be possible? It requires a great deal of experience, patience and sensitivity, since each material reacts differently and not even two types of wool are alike.

Visvakarma, the deity of the creative power that sustains the universe, can be found where there is electricity or on building sites. However, we have never been able to figure out where key no. 3 might be.

The workers of our Nepalese workshop do not dress up like this every Saturday – only if we bring our camera. This portrait shows Ravin Subba, in charge of production at the workshop, with his wife Shanta Rai and his daughter Ninwa Hangma Limbu. Like many of their colleagues, they also live at the workshop. Ravin's know-how, diligence and patience are truly unequalled. We could never do without him!

Oh, India, how much we have grown to love you!

Visiting workshops in rural areas is always one of the highlights of our journey. It takes more than 1½ hours on dusty tracks, immersed in street life, to visit Sartaj and his wife Safeen. Here, daily life and the weaving of rugs take place under the same roof. It is fascinating to watch them work together in their smooth routine, their well-established, soothing rhythm. Currently, they are making a rug for Kostas Murkudis, which he and his brother Andreas Murkudis plan to exhibit at the Berlin Gallery Weekend in late April.

Finishing Time!
It feels great when all that remains to be done is to sew on the label and the rug will be ready for delivery! These beautiful tapestries, contrived by French designer Julie Richoz, will all be sent to Munich to adorn the new hotel "Haus im Tal".

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Just as behind (almost) every great man, there is a great woman, behind us, there is a great workshop with three great men: Thank you, Tausif, Ausaf and Tanvir! You always make us feel at home – and we are missing the delicious curries you serve us!

Travelling to India and Nepal

Travel broadens the mind, they say. Our journeys to the countries where our rugs are produced are definitely characterized by many new impressions. Often, we will be surprised by how much is possible on the production side: much more than we imagine! Thus, it is not just fun to travel to India and Nepal, but we always learn a lot as well: about wool dyeing, about weaving and its endless possibilities, about the final steps that have to be undertaken before a rug is finished – and about the locals’ approach to dealing with new challenges. We always find that while communication works very well in English, it takes joint on-site experiences to develop a real mutual understanding.

Between illusion and reality

"Staircase", the second masterpiece resulting from our cooperation with BLESS, takes us and the viewer into the world of architecture, climbing and descending: a trompe l'oeil, not painted, but knotted.
Based on an idea by Bless, we have turned a photo of a staircase into a design plate and ultimately, into a beautiful hand-knotted rug produced in Nepal. Made from Tibetan wool and silk in 45 different shades of grey, the rug consists of more than 1.7 million knots.
The design makes use of perspective to create an optical illusion of three-dimensionality. Where does the way lead to? It is up to you and your imagination!

Just like its predecessor, the "Carpethammock", "Staircase" plays with our visual conventions, allowing for new perceptions and perspectives.
The question is: What will be next? The flying carpet?

„Staircase“ is available at BLESS bless-service.de
BLESS BERLIN
Oderberger Strasse 60
10435 Berlin

BLESS PARIS
Rue Portefoin
75003 Paris

Steel frames love wool!

We are pleased to launch our new partnership with Thonet for the imm interiors show.Our nonchalant modern rugs utterly enchant Thonet furniture – a highly emotional and sensuous liaison!
Visit us!

REUBER HENNING + THONET
imm cologne

Cologne, 16 to 22 January 2017
Hall 3.2 / Stand E 21

CARPETHAMMOCK

From rug to hammock

For the exhibition BLESS N° 56 WORKERS' DELIGHT, on show at the Vitra Design Museum from 10 June – 9 October 2016, Reuber Henning have established a very special collaboration with Berlin label BLESS: Based on the Reuber Henning design Casablanca Flowers, they have developed the "Carpethammock", which takes its place in a series of redefined hammocks (BLESS N°28 Climat Confusion Assistance).

In line with the concept of the Readymade, the rug has been removed from its traditional place, the floor, almost unchanged. Within the context of the project, it has been redefined as a suspended, moving piece of furniture, a luxury place to sleep and work.

 

BLESS N° 56 WORKERS' DELIGHT
10 June – 9 October 2016
Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Photocredit: ©Vitra Design Museum, photo: Bettina Matthiessen

ALBERTO LEVI GALLERY PRESENTS 'STRIPES' BY REUBER HENNING

Meet the queens of stripes at Milan's Salone del Mobile, where they will be presenting the latest of their hand-made rug creations as well as old favourites.

Opening: Wednesday, 13 April, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Tuesday, 12 April – Sunday, 17 April: open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alberto Levi Gallery
Via San Maurilio, 24
20123 Milano

albertolevi.com

A match made in heaven

These days, REUBER HENNING rugs and Thonet chairs come together in Toulouse.
On display at Galvani 2b design 5 March until 4 April.

Galvani 2b design
19, Rue du Rempart Saint Etienne
31000 Toulouse
galvani.fr


DOMOTEX 2016

In 2016, REUBER HENNING will again present their latest designs at the DOMOTEX in Hanover, the world's largest trade fair for flooring and carpeting.
We are looking forward to welcoming friends and colleagues from all over the world and to offering them a glass of crémant at our booth! Of course, you can also browse through the new collections, designs and colour variants 24/7 on our website or visit us at our showroom in Berlin-Schöneberg during opening hours. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Domotex Hannover
January 16 to 192016
Hall 17 / D44

ABOVE THE ROOFS OF BERLIN

On 27 November 2015, Absolut Art inaugurate the studio on the top floor of the Aufbauhaus on Moritzplatz. Decorated as an urban loft, the pop-up apartment will house works by artists such as Ali Kepenek and Gregor Hildebrand for ten days.
These editions will be available for purchase. REUBER HENNING rugs and furniture by Ligne Roset, Nils Holger Moormann, Norman Copenhagen and Arne Jacobsen will round off the picture, turning the whole loft into a work of art in its own right.

Visitors are welcome to relax, enjoy a coffee and make themselves comfortable in the apartment.

Absolut Art Apartment
27 November – 6 December 2015
Loft im Aufbauhaus, Moritzplatz
Prinzenstraße 84, 10969 Berlin, Germany
Coffee bar and loft open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cocktail hour daily from 5  – 7 p.m.

Take a stroll through Neverland!

From August till December, our stripe designs make a guest appearance in an exhibition at Möbelhaus Pfister in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The protagonists of the show include classics such as Heartland and Neverland as well as our latest stripe and checker designs, made from Tibetan highland wool and 25% silk.


REUBER HENNING rug "Shallow Luna" moves into architect Arno Brandlhuber's "anti-villa" close to Potsdam

Since May 2015, our rug Shallow Luna has been enjoying the good company of pieces of art by Anselm Reyle, Björn Dahlem, Karin Sander and Gregor Hildebrandt: It is adorning the floor of architect Arno Brandlhuber's "anti-villa". Far from just blending in with the raw concrete walls, the round hand-knotted rug made in Nepal acts as a sensual counterpart. Just like hundreds of years ago, when a rug was a piece of nature that humans brought into their home, Shallow Luna serves this very same purpose by means of its "watery" surface and full-moon shape. Its smooth texture seduces its owner to pause and relax.

Boasting stunning lake views, the anti-villa lies close to Potsdam, just outside Berlin. True to the principle of "substance over appearance", it sticks out among the exclusive lakeside buildings, in terms of form as well as in terms of concept, presenting grey roughcast walls instead of pompous cream-coloured columns. The building had once housed a GDR knitwear factory, then fallen into disrepair. Today's studio and apartment complex is a prime example of modern rather than imposing architecture. Instead of adding panoramic windows, the owner has knocked irregular holes into the lakeside facade to open up the view. Now the lake and the moon can peek back inside through these large, roughly-hewn holes – and as of this summer, spot a REUBER HENNING rug.


REUBER HENNING Pop-up Event

Only for a short time: Selected single pieces on sale at our Showroom in Berlin-Schöneberg. Learn more about the production of hand knotted rugs in Nepal and our design work. Sale catalogue available upon request - please contact us.

Reuber Henning SALE 2015

June 11th-13th and 18th-20th
Thursday to Saturday, 1pm-7pm
and on appointment

REUBER HENNING SHOWROOM
Tel +49 30 32590145
Apostel-Paulus-Str. 19 10825 Berlin, Germany
U4/U7 Bayerischer Platz

Earthquake in Nepal

We are deeply shocked about the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal.
Our hearts and thoughts are with our friends and colleagues in Kathmandu.
REUBER HENNING support the charity campaign of STEP, our partner for Fair Trade certification. It helps the victims in the carpet industry and their relatives.
Label STEP
 

 

NEPAL 2015

Exciting design comes from Berlin – in the form of superior modern rugs, hand-knotted in Nepal

We strive to continually enhance our rugs in terms of material and design, a process that is by no means limited to the confines of our studio in Berlin, but often takes us to Nepal to add the finishing touches. On site, we can take inspiration from the possibilities that come with the different materials and knotting techniques, which in turn enables us to produce those unique rugs, whose design and material quality are equally superior. We at REUBER HENNING owe most of our expertise on rugs and their production under fair working conditions to our wonderful workshop in the Kathmandu valley – as well as our heartfelt thanks!

Thank you!

After a successful fair is before a successful fair! Just a few days ago, we were presenting the new designs for 2015 in Hanover − now, our creative engine is already running at full speed again.

DOMOTEX 2015

We present our new designs at world`s leading Carpet fair Domotex: Shibori, Ragtime, new Stripes- and Classic Designs and Made by Nature. See them at Domotex, Hall 17/Booth D44, or at our Berlin Showroom.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone again – friends, fellow designers, retailers, manufacturers, journalists and the Domotex team – and to seeing people of different origin, culture and religion come together so peacefully and joyfully!