I’ve awaited the unveiling of Hartmann&Forbes’ first wallcovering collection with great anticipation. Anxious to learn more from one of the collection’s creators, I contacted Rebecca Welch, Director of Product Development and Merchandising, whose job I might add, sounds like a dream. After a decade of producing their distinguished line of window covering products, it seems only natural that their knowledge and resources translate well into a wallcovering collection. I want to begin by congratulating the entire team at Hartmann&Forbes on a job well done; and when you congratulate the “team” at Hartmann&Forbes, realize that your sentiments reach beyond the walls of their Oregon headquarters to a global group of skilled craftsman located all over the world.
At first glance you will see the beauty of the product, but I think it’s important to understand the beauty of their process. Rebecca’s explanation gave me a better understanding of the pride Hartmann&Forbes must feel working with these talented artisans, enabling them to continue a time-honored tradition.
“What is wonderful about the hand weaving is that it has been passed down from one generation to another. The weavers (both men and women) actually learn to weave from a family member, or they go to weaving training schools. They can either weave in a facility or some actually purchase their own looms allowing them to weave at home while caring for their children. The looms are beautiful and made out of the local raw materials”
“This collection took six to eight months to develop by traveling and being inspired by a so many of the famous and beautiful places in the United States. We wanted the line to be diverse, to compliment many different styles.”
See below for a glimpse at all nine patterns from the Americana Collection.
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