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Textiles production

The production of Metsovaara textiles was divided into 3 groups:

Metsovaara Oy manufactured carpets, curtains, special textiles, blankets and furniture fabrics.

The furniture fabrics were revolutionary in design, functionality and easy care. The special fabrics for wallpaper and room dividers were made of materials such as aluminium, copper, copper and aluminium wire, antenna wire, plastic, rattan, wood and many other man-made fibres. The mohair/wool travel rugs were handwoven in significant quantities and were found in each modern home in Scandinavia and the USA. Carpets were also developed and hand made in man-made and natural fibres at the Metsovaara mill in Urjalankylä. Handspun yarns were valued and implemented in a spectacular way.

The new modern mill founded in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium was designed by a Japanese architect and was equipped for spinning yarns and weaving jacquard fabrics and dobby wefts for furniture fabrics and different qualities for the contract market. It had a large showroom and a textile research centre. Extensive tests were performed there on new fabrics before being placed on the market. One well-known fabric was the Seepra (zebra) fabric which Marjatta designed and developed for Artek. Elasta was another fabric used for Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair produced by Asko and the furniture designed by Pierre Paulin produced by Artifort. The Groovy Chair is one of these. Cassina, Saporiti Italia, B&B, and Knoll were having specially made fabrics woven at the modern mill. 

Most of the textiles there were made as special orders for public spaces, hotels, restaurants, airline companies, cruise lines, railway companies as well as the automobile industry and the fabrics were meeting the stringent M1 fire safety standard. The textiles produced in Belgium were expensive, but the quality was the highest. These were the most innovative fabrics, and still a reference for today.

 

Back to history

Textiles production

The production of Metsovaara textiles was divided into 3 groups:

Metsovaara Oy manufactured carpets, curtains, special textiles, blankets and furniture fabrics.

The furniture fabrics were revolutionary in design, functionality and easy care. The special fabrics for wallpaper and room dividers were made of materials such as aluminium, copper, copper and aluminium wire, antenna wire, plastic, rattan, wood and many other man-made fibres. The mohair/wool travel rugs were handwoven in significant quantities and were found in each modern home in Scandinavia and the USA. Carpets were also developed and hand made in man-made and natural fibres at the Metsovaara mill in Urjalankylä. Handspun yarns were valued and implemented in a spectacular way.

The new modern mill founded in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium was designed by a Japanese architect and was equipped for spinning yarns and weaving jacquard fabrics and dobby wefts for furniture fabrics and different qualities for the contract market. It had a large showroom and a textile research centre. Extensive tests were performed there on new fabrics before being placed on the market. One well-known fabric was the Seepra (zebra) fabric which Marjatta designed and developed for Artek. Elasta was another fabric used for Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair produced by Asko and the furniture designed by Pierre Paulin produced by Artifort. The Groovy Chair is one of these. Cassina, Saporiti Italia, B&B, and Knoll were having specially made fabrics woven at the modern mill. 

Most of the textiles there were made as special orders for public spaces, hotels, restaurants, airline companies, cruise lines, railway companies as well as the automobile industry and the fabrics were meeting the stringent M1 fire safety standard. The textiles produced in Belgium were expensive, but the quality was the highest. These were the most innovative fabrics, and still a reference for today.

 

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