Purveyor to the Court
A mark of quality for more than 1000 years
The title “Purveyor to His Majesty” is a personal and rare title. Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf views recipients of his honour as “modern representatives of the best of the Swedish craftsmanship tradition” (from the book ‘By Appointment to His Majesty the King of Sweden’). Until now, King Carl XVI Gustaf has issued about 130 royal warrants. The holders are all representatives of Swedish companies and they come from a wide variety of enterprises. The issuing of royal warrants is restricted and they can only be granted by H.M. the King and H.M. the Queen. Only a few of the applications received each year by the Office of the Treasurer of the Court are approved for the title of Purveyor to His Majesty. To be eligible for the title of Purveyor to His Majesty the company must have been in business for at least five years and managed its finances in an irreproachable manner. Swedish royal warrants are directly linked to a specific member of the Royal Family. Upon the accession of a new monarch the warrant becomes invalid and the company must apply anew for the prestigious title. The title is also personally awarded to the head of the company and, when there is a change in the post of managing director or owner, the company must apply for renewal of its status as Purveyor to H.M. the King.
Find out who else is Purveyor of the Court of Sweden
As a Purveyor to the Court of Sweden Klässbols Linen weaving mill and honored to provide the Court of Sweden with exclusive custom-made furnishings, Bolster fabrics and curtains, hand-woven tablecloths and napkins, The Royal Cloth, towels, furniture fabric, Bolster cloth and curtains. Usually in conjunction with marriages and baptisms.
Below you will find some examples.
The Royal Cloth
Hans Thomsson handvävda “Kungaduken”. Foto: Henrik Garlov/Kungliga Hovstaterna
With the occasion of the 20th anniversary of King Carl XVI Gustaf as Sweden’s regent, 15 September 1993, the Swedish Parliament and government decided to honor this event with a special gift for the King. It consisted of a table linen which was intended for the official Royal table at Karl XI’s gallery at the Royal Palace. The present was handed over by the spokesperson of the Swedish Parliament at that time, Ingegerd Troedsson.
The Royal table cloth consists of seven cloths of eight meters length and two cloths of four meters length, each with a width of three meters. There was only one hand loom available and capable considering this large width, while a machine loom was not available at this time. In addition, there were two hundred napkins accompanying the table cloths. Both the table linen and the napkins were woven in linen damask. The warp was of Italian linen no. 50 and the weft of Irish linen no. 60 with a density of 40×48 threads per centimeter.
The pattern was composed by Karin Björquist, better known as a designer at Gustavsberg porcelain, with technical-textile assistance of Ingrid Dessau. Initiator and leader of the project were art critic Åke Livstedt and architect Magnus Silfverheim – the same people who were also part of the project team that created the Nobel concept of the Nobel banquet. Weaver for the project was Hans Thomsson, and even The School of the Association of Friends of Textile Art has contributed to it.
And even on the Napkins the pattern consists of a broad wave figure covering the border of the cloth, and large scattered stars as a mirror around the Royal Couple’s mirror-monogram in the middle of the cloth. The stars refer to the Pole Star, an ancient symbol of the Swedish king.
About Hans Thomsson
Hans Thomsson was born and raised in Hemse, Gotland – Sweden’s largest island. After high school he attended a weaving class at Säveskolan in Visby (Gotland) and did a six month internship at Hemslöjden in Visby. Later, he attended a weaving program at The Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås) 1990-1991, which was followed up by a further course in Borås, 1992. During the years 1993-1998 he wove the Royal Cloth for King Carl XVI Gustaf, commissioned by Klässbols Linen Weaving Mill. During the second half of 1998 he participated in a course about Jacquard-weaving in Florence. There he learned how to weave copies of fabrics with designs from the Renaissance, silk weaving of high quality, and about other bindings than those he had learned in Scandinavia. Over the years Hans Thomsson has received great confidence in many significant missions. Today he has his own studio in Äskekärr, nearby Kinnekulle, with the intention to weave linen damask.
Wedding gift for The Crown Princess Victoria and Prins Daniel
For the wedding couple we Jacquard-wove bed linen in extra thin and exclusive linen. And the Crown Princess Victoria’s and Prince Daniel’s crowned monogram is of course in center. There is four pillowcases, two duvet covers and two lower sheets and the color is eggshell white.
Wedding gift for Prins Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
On Sunday, May the 17th, 2015 just before the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist at the Royal Palace, Governor Kenneth Johansson handed over the gifts from Värmland.
The country’s gift for the wedding couple consists of three parts. The first part being a commitment to protect nature in the soon formed nature reserve, Byamossarna in Arvika municipality. Through the support of the business community in Värmland, the governor also handed over a work of art by Karlstad artist Karolina Nolin and custom-designed linen products from Klässbols Linneväveri.
In the products, which are part of Klässbols Linneväveri’s new collection “Ack Wermeland”, the designer Margot Barolo has received inspiration from the thermal-like nature, especially the nature of the Byamossarna.
– The table cloth has got its pattern with the help of Värmlandsvisan, which describes a love for nature. The letters and words form a pattern of stripes flowing over the tablecloth. The pattern of the napkin reflects the mosses and other vegetation that are typical of the Byamossarna nature reserve. The motif is abstract and the sizes are distorted. In addition, the strips are inspired by the map’s name for wetlands and marshes, says designer Margot Barolo.
The set consists of a tablecloth and twelve unique napkins in the cave with the wedding couple’s common monogram inväft. The whole gift is wrapped in a specially made linnen bag, even this with the wedding couple’s monogram inväft.
Read the full press release from the County Administrative Board here.
Baptism gift for Princess Estelle
On the initiative of Region Värmland has Klässbols Linen Weaving Mill made a bed set with sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers in 100 percent linen. The pattern consists of stars after the name Estelle which means star in French. The gift is enclosed in a package made of paper from Billerud.
– Both the gift and the beautiful packaging are good examples of products from our successful business in Värmland. It feels great to be handed over in connection with baptism, says Catarina Segersten Larsson, Regional Councillor, Region Värmland.
Read more at SVTs website.
Dopgåva Prins Alexander
To the Duke of Värmland – Prince Cal-Philips and Princess Sofia’s first-born son Prince Alexander, we wove towels with Alexander’s very own monogram.