“Our core business is to make and sell brushes made by hand by visually-impaired craftsmen. Besides that we also carry a complementary assortment of design items for the home.” Sara Edhäll – joint owner of Iris Hantverk, Sweden.
Traditional hand crafted brushes by Swedish brand Iris Hantverk are sold the world over including in some of the UK’s top stores. They also produce other high quality and functional products for your kitchen, bathroom and garden. All the products have a timeless Scandinavian design that will add a dash of style to any room in the house.
Rose & Lavender are stockist of Iris Hantverk products, and over the coming months we will be showcasing many of the designs we believe will enhance and complement our range of products from our other suppliers.
But who or what is Iris Hantverk? The following text is what appears on http://www.irishantverk.se/
Brushes that give “hand-made” a new meaning
In the late 1900’s a small brush manufacturing company started out in Stockholm. It was so successful that it still remains today. Now, as then, every brush is made by hand by visually impaired craftsmen. It brings new dimensions to the concept of sensitively made by hand.
Today there are 14 employees at Iris Hantverk. The core of the business is the brush binding manufacturing at Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede – here 5 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition. We also work with visually impaired craftsmen in Estonia. Like us, they too have a history strongly connected to the visual impairments movement?
Since August 2012, Richard Sparrenhök and Sara Edhäll have run the company. In 2012 Socialdepartementet withdraw the aid disbursed for depot activities for visually impaired craftsmen. That had been the main revenue for that function since the 1950s. Iris Hantverk’s owner at that time then decided to sell the company to us – both having worked for many years in the company and its management.
We were both glad to take over and operate this company that holds so much history and tradition. We care much for the craftsmen and the survival of brush binding manufacturing. We believe that many like us appreciate the feeling and quality of a hand drawn brush made of natural materials.
All brushes are of exclusive design and made mostly from natural materials. You will find our products in our own stores as well as in many other lovely shops around Sweden and worldwide.
IRIS HANTVERK ON YOUTUBE