Klässbol Linneväveri

The history of Klässbols linneväveri: Four generation of weavers

Klässbolis the small town south of Arvika in Värmland that has represented Swedish design and quality fopr the past 90 years. Four generations of weavers have put Klässbol on the map with their linen weaving.

It all began in a kitchen in 1920. With flax from local farmers, Hjalmar Johansson began to weave line sheets and linen cloths. All in the hope of making a living after training as a linen weaver. A year later the first mechanical loom was acquired, which was also installed in the kitchen. The ceiling was not quite high enough, so a hole had to be made in the roof. Production went from strength to strength and after a few years the business developed and moved from the kitchen to a nearby

Four generations

When Hjalmar Johansson died his children Stina and Vitalis took over. The next generational shift occurred in 1975 and since 2003 the great-grandson Andreas Johansson has been the Managing Director.

The 90 year history is alive and kicking in the factory today.

“Our visitors are free to walk around and have a look at all of our production processes”, says Andreas Johansson.

“If you contact us in advance of the visit you can have a guided tour. One of us will talk about the history of the company, how we work today, which projects characterise our development and how we work with design.

Kings and princesses

Klässbol’s tablecloths, napkins, towels and other linen products are loved the world over. There have been many honours. In 1984 Klässbol designed and wove tablecloths and napkins for all of Sweden’s ambassadors the world over. And in the early 1990s the Nobel Banquet decided to produce its own collection for the Banquet. It was Klässbols Linneväveri that designed and wove 500 metres of linen tablecloth and 1400 napkins for the remake of the Nobel Banquet prior to the 90 year anniversary.

In recent years Klässbol has moved into Crown Princess Victoria’ws bedroom. The Mill designed and wove Värmland’s wedding present to Victoria and Daniel - a bed set with the couple’s monogram woven into the material.

“It’s a balancing act maintaining our cultural heritage and at the same time investing for the future. But quality has always been our lodestar. This applies to the whole chain from raw material and refining techniques to design and weaving techniques”, concludes Andreas Johansson.

Factory sales at Klässbols Linneväveri
Photo credit: Factory sales at Klässbols Linneväveri
Factory sales at Klässbols Linneväveri
Klässbols Linneväveri, one of the last damast weaveries in Scandinavia.
Photo credit: Klässbols Linneväveri, one of the last damast weaveries in Scandinavia.
Klässbols Linneväveri, one of the last damast weaveries in Scandinavia.