HENZEL STUDIO is a Swedish luxury rug manufacturer established in 1999. Henzel Studio's ethos is based on the artistic practice of Calle Henzel, founder and creative director. Over the past fifteen years, he has translated his artistic practice as painter and collage artist into the medium at hand, positioning Henzel Studio as one of the most progressive luxury rug brands in the world. COLLABORATIONS To expand on this practice, HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS was conceived as a continuous initiative inviting some of the most prominent contemporary artists of our time to freely and seamlessly translate their work through an alternate media and the extraordinary practices that are involved in the making of Henzel Studio's rugs.
All pieces are made by hand, using centuries’ old weaving techniques that make each rug one of a kind. The artists are all groundbreaking and leading forces within their respective fields and media, ranging from sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, installations, reliefs and video art. Their mark has not only been honored and highlighted at leading galleries and institutions worldwide, but also widely documented and manifested as a mirror of cultural movements. Henzel Studio Collaborations include art rugs by artists RICHARD PRINCE, HELMUT LANG, ANSELM REYLE, SCOTT CAMPBELL, JACK PIERSON, MICKALENE THOMAS, ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS, ROBERT KNOKE, LEO GABIN, MARILYN MINTER, LINDER, NAN GOLDIN, RICHARD PHILLIPS and JUERGEN TELLER. 2015 marks the debut of the second installment of Henzel Studio Collaborations, Volume 2, and HENZEL STUDIO HERITAGE, a collection of art rugs designed in close collaboration with foundations of some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. “Henzel Studio has as a result, along with Calle Henzel's body of work, established itself as the leading brand for contemporary fine art rugs worldwide”. Joakim Andreasson, Curator of Henzel Studio Collaborations and Creative Director of cultureEDIT. HAND MADE While remaining at the forefront of design, Henzel Studio's foundation and raison d’être lies in the artisanal production of local communities in Nepal that dates back thousands of years. Through a twelve-step handmade process, Henzel Studio's rugs are unique works of art. Each piece is hand-knotted with 150 knots per square inch, and takes up to seven months to produce. The organic and artistic process of Calle Henzel has been the driving force in the development of Henzel Studio's designs. He has over the years in an uncompromised fashion challenged the traditional conventions of subject matter, shape, finishings and special treatments as a result of painstaking research that includes vintage treatments, intricate surface compositions and even natural erosion – methodologies that further blur the distinction between art and design. CUSTOM MADE We have earned a reputation for being bespoke rug specialists. All designs can be made according to individual wishes; knot count, format, size and materials. Each individual order is carefully studied to create a unique rug that combines a client’s specifications and the distinctive aesthetic of Henzel Studio. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Ethical and environmentally friendly production practices are fundamental to Henzel Studio's quality standards and integral to the company’s future development. The New Zealand wool is one of the purest natural fibers in the world, and by nature a biodegradable resource. The material is exclusively dyed with ecological pigments from Switzerland. Henzel Studio is a proud member and supporter of Goodweave, an independent organization that certifies humanitarian standards of rug producers and provides educational outreach and resources. www.goodweave.org