Selected handwoven rugs
Design: Vibeke Klint
Vibeke Klint (1927-2019) has been described as the 20th century’s most significant Danish weaver and designer. Her life’s work, which includes everything from rugs, home and clothing textiles to interior design and decoration projects, teaching and communication, is an important part of Danish design and Danish cultural heritage.
Vibeke Klint studied weaving at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, graduating in 1949. She was an apprentice of Gerda Henning, working at her workshop during her apprenticeship. When Gerda Henning died in 1951, it was the wish of her husband, Gerhardt Henning, that the young weaver take over the workshop.
In 1954, she married landscape architect Morten Le Klint (1918–1978), son of architect and designer Kaare Klint and grandson of Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, who designed Grundtvig’s Church, among other buildings. They had three children. Vibeke Klint has exhibited all over the world. She also had an interest in and took the time to participate in professional work as a board member of the Danish Design Council, the Arts and Crafts Council, the World Crafts Council, and the Academy Council.
Throughout the years Vibeke Klint has received numerous of prizes and marks of honour, such as The Eckersberg Medal (1972), The Engelhardt’s Grant (1978), The Honorary Jubilee Grant from the Danish National Bank (1992), The Prince Eugen Medal (1996) to mention but a few. In 2000 Vibeke Klint was appointed Knight of Dannebrog by the Queen of Denmark.
Vibeke Klint always started her design with brush on paper. Example of water colour sketch for rug in warp repp technique combined with the characteristic “lynild” (lightning pattern) in flat weave.
The rugs designed by Vibeke Klint were woven by her staff of skilled weavers at her workshop in Taarbaek north of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Photo by Susanne Mertz approx. 1995.